Behind the scenes, we are busy working on the plans for the 2018 Summer School following the success of the 2017 Summer School in Armagh. Come back here soon for more details and keep an eye out on our Facebook Pagefor updates.

Here are a couple of articles that appeared in the Clare newspapers in advance of TOBSS first symposium:


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The TOBSS 2017 event took place on 2nd-3rd September 2017. The theme of the event was 'The Key and Kingly History of Armagh'. On Saturday 2nd September there was a full day seminar with eight fascinating talks covering periods of Armagh's history ranging from ancient to modern and on Sunday 3rd September there was a day-long expert-guided tour of local historic sites of interest. The rain early on Sunday made the walk uphill to ancient Navan Fort a challenge for those without umbrellas, but the weather improved thereafter. One of the highlights of the day proved to be a private tour of the storerooms at the Armagh County Museum...packed full of historic objects and documents just begging to be assessed, categorised, restored...or just simply appreciated. When you visit a museum, you are not normally aware that somewhere close by lies a treasure trove that most visitors never get to lay eyes on. How privileged we all felt to explore those hallowed vaults!

King Brian Boru replica sword now on public display!

Having acquired the Official O'Brien Clan Replica of the sword of King Brian Boru, TOBSS Founders agreed with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council on an indefinite loan of the sword to be displayed for public viewing in Armagh Tourist Information Centre on English Street in the centre of Armagh. An information panel telling the Brian Boru story was created and is displayed alongside the weapon, a formidable two-handed broadsword over 6ft long and weighing 11 lbs. The sword was presented at a handover ceremony which took place on Friday 1st September 2017.