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Crowning Glory

This Brian Boru crown was made with unwanted gold and silver - and will raise money for cancer research

The crown will be displayed at the Dublin Horse Show this week.

ATTENDEES OF THE Dublin Horse Show will this week have a chance to visit a specially-commissioned Brian Boru crown.

The crown, which was commissioned by Jewels for Cures (JFC), an Irish non-profit organisation raising funds for cancer research, will be displayed in the library of the RDS from Wednesday.

The crown was made from discarded gold and silver and was crafted by Sé O’Donoghue and Da Capo Goldsmiths, based on the design of Brian Boru’s crown.

The inspiration for the crown came when Alison McCormick, founder and Director of JFC, overcame her own battle with breast cancer. It was made with gold and silver donated by the Irish people and dignitaries including The Rt. Hon. the Lord Inchiquin O’Briain, descendant of Brian Boru, Sir Michael Smurfit and His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco.

A Descendancy Scroll will accompany the Crown as it travels around the world allowing visitors to add their name to the scroll and becoming a part of history while making a donation. This vellum scroll will be kept forever as a memorial for our descendants. For a minimum of €100, a person’s name will be added to the Descendancy Scroll and they will be asked to email an A4 biography to be kept with the historic scroll as a legacy for their descendants.

Speaking to today, Alison says that she hopes to raise €100,000 for cancer research by touring with the crown.

“Some people thought it would be awful and full of rubbishy jewellery, but it looks great and the feedback to it has been incredible.

“It is due to go to America after the Horse Show, then it is being donated to Irish people, but I want to take it around Ireland for a year before that.

“I was surprised by how good the reaction was. You have that bit of stress. But everyone who has seen it loves it.

“It will be an important 21st century historical piece.”

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