The name Cluain Tarbh means meadow of the bull. ‘Cluain’ being meadow and ‘tarbh’ meaning bull in Irish. A settlement at Clontarf has been dated to at least the 12th century, and in the 19th century remains from earlier times were thought to have been found. It was the site for the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 with the forces of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland battling against a Norse-Irish alliance comprising the forces of Sigtrygg Silkbeard, King of Dublin; Máel Mórda mac Murchada, King of Leinster; and an external Viking contingent led by Sigurd, of Orkney; and Brodir of Mann. It lasted from sunrise to sunset, and ended in a rout of the Viking and Leinster forces.
Irish artist Owen Harris travels the Irish countryside capturing landscapes and seascapes characterised by dramatic skies, wild open waterways, and mountains sweeping down to the coastline. This wonderful painting is from the artist’s Landscapes and Seascapes of Ireland series and is available framed.