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Clontarf to host BaaBaas next year to mark battle's 1000th anniversary

This battle will probably have a lot less bloodshed and a lot more off-loading.

Richie Lane of 'Tarf in action against another black and white clad team.
Richie Lane of 'Tarf in action against another black and white clad team.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

IT’S NOT OFTEN you get to celebrate a 100oth anniversary, so you’d better do something pretty special to mark the day.

During a week-long celebration to mark a millennium since the Battle of Clontarf next Easter, the coastal town’s rugby club will host the Barbarians.

Both sides are locked in to play the fixture on 24 April, 2014, a thousand years and a day after the battle.

Speaking with this evening, Clontarf’s chairman of rugby, Jim Stanley, indicated that most of the important logistical factors have already been arranged, with only the make-up of the two teams yet to be resolved.

In all likelihood, it will not be  the Division 1A’s regular first XV which takes on the multi-national selection of the BaaBaas. And with the fixture coming in the middle of the club season, the touring side may also have an unfamiliar look.

Never-the-less, as Stanley points out: the Barbarians are a brand recognisable worldwide and their arrival on these shores should be considered a coup for Clontarf with any number of superstars eligible for their ranks.

They’ll certainly be more welcome than Máel Mórda.

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