Here's a scary one for you Martyn, I sat up in bed the other morning with this thought, and this is one for many of us out there...
"How old will I be in 2014 and will I be fielding?"
as for the Geekfest thing! i have seen many a good idea on Livninghistory.ie deminished into nothing by intelectual snobbery! debated till it goes away!
Was up at Tionól at weekend and Má�e Ní �aonaigh gave paper on 14th fragment on Battle of Clontarf which lists out battalions present with Brian at Clontarf - who led them and which contingent (i.e. Muscraige Tire, Corco Baiscind etc. was in each section (army divided into three sections). I took extra copies of the handout which doesn't give the full text (I don't think this text is published anywhere) but the bones of what's there are also published in a much later Leabhar Oiris so can be found in that. I've got some stuff from 12th Cáít�éím C��cháin Cha�il as well talking about banners attached to various contingents to identify their origins - this is I think specifically in relation to sea fleets but presumably also worked for land armies? So we could put up suggestions for breaking up the army behind different banners with titles and localities if people felt that would add to it? According to 12th C Book of Leinster Táin, the�ifferent troups would also be dressed differently - one lot in red with long hair, the other one in blue with shaven heads etc. etc - this may be just pie in the sky mythology but it would be good craic to investigate maybe?
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