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Updated 04/25/2013


Brian Boru

Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig (926 or 941–23 April 1014) (known as Brian Boru in English) was High King of Ireland from 1002 to 1014. Although the exact details of his birth are unknown, he was born in the mid tenth century near Killaloe (Kincora) (in modern County Clare). His father was Cennétig mac Lorcáin, King of Thomond and his mother was Bé Binn ingen Murchada, daughter of the King of West Connacht. He subsequently united the warring Irish Tribes to expel Danish Vikings at the battle of Clontarf.

Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is said to descend from Boru through her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.