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DUBLINERS ARE MARKING the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf this year (we’re talking about the 1014 battle here — not the time locals faced down the council over plans to build a 3km flood barrier).
Anyway — there’s a series of events taking place in the area to mark the 1014 encounter between the forces of Irish High King Brian Boru and the Viking army of King Sitric (more details here).
As part of the commemorations, it’s been confirmed that Hugh Frazer’s iconic 1800s depiction of the landmark battle will return to the area to go on display. The huge 3x2 metre artwork will be free to view at the Casino at Marino from Saturday 15 March to the 24 April.
The painting’s been brought halfway round the world for the exhibition. It’s been on display at an arts centre in Hawaii for the last while — prior to that it was in the private collection of American philanthropist George Isaac, who purchased it from an Irish collection 35 years ago.
It’s being made available to the ‘Clontarf 2014’ committee by Kildare Partners, who recently acquired it from the Hawaiian centre.