Killaloe aims to reclaim historic role as capital for a day

KILLALOE could be designated honorary capital of Ireland for a day on Good Friday in 2014 as part of an international festival to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the death of Brian Boru.

That is just one of the ambitious plans which are being made by a new group who want to stage a series of major events on the shores of Lough Derg celebrating the life of Killaloe’s most famous historical figure.

The former High King of Ireland ruled from his palace in the Green, Killaloe, from 1002 to 1014 and a committee is hoping to put Killaloe on the map for tourists with a series of events throughout 2014.

Committee spokesman and local businessman, John O’Shea has said securing the designation as honorary capital of Ireland for Killaloe on Good Friday in 2014 would help secure national and international publicity for their programme of events.

“Killaloe used to be the capital of Ireland over 1,000 years ago so I can’t see why it can’t be made capital of Ireland for a day. It would be a huge boost for tourism if this could be achieved and would provide our new group with a great event to promote nationally and internationally,” he said.

The group is planning to apply to stage Skyfest, the spectacular fireworks display, which came from Dublin this year, on St Patrick’s Day in March 2014, leading up to the anniversary of Brian Boru’s death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Providing a monument of the former High King in Killaloe, hosting the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and commissioning a Brian Boru coin have also been identified by the new committee.

Riverdance are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014 and the committee are hoping to secure this group to headline one of the major celebrations planned for that year.


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