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Brian Boru: Warrior King

Learn about the life and times of Brian Ború in the second book in John & Fatti Burke’s Little Library

Get ready to make your knowledge a bit bigger by learning all about the warrior king that was Brian Ború.

Brian Ború grew up in a large warrior family over 1,000 years ago in Killaloe, Co Clare. One of twelve sons, Brian and his brothers practiced raids on other counties from the River Shannon. Eventually, Brian’s army and navy grew to be so big that he became King of all Ireland. But up in Dublin, the Vikings were invading. So he gathered his men and went into battle …


Kathi ‘Fatti’ Burke is an Irish illustrator. She lives in Lisbon. John Burke is Fatti’s dad. He is a retired primary school teacher and principal. He lives in Waterford.

Their first book Irelandopedia won The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award at the Irish Book Awards 2015 and the Eilís Dillon Award for first children’s book and the Judges’ Special Award at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016. Their next books Historopedia and Foclóiropedia were nominated for the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior) Award at the Irish Book Awards 2016 and 2017.

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