TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
Added on: 27th Feb 2015
AN AMERICAN TOURIST TRAVELLING IN
COUNTY CLARE CAME ACROSS A LITTLE
ANTIQUE SHOP IN WHICH HE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH
TO PICK UP, FOR A MERE 200 IRISH PUNTS,
THE SKULL OF BRIAN BORU.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE WAS A CERTIFICATE
OF THE SKULL'S AUTHENTICITY,
SIGNED BY BRIAN BORU HIMSELF.
FIFTEEN YEARS LATER THE TOURIST RETURNED
TO IRELAND AND ASKED THE MAN FROM CLARE,
WHO OWNED THE ANTIQUE SHOP,
IF HE HAD ANY MORE BARGAINS.
“I'VE GOT THE VERY THING FOR YOU”,
SAID THE SHOPKEEPER,
“IT'S THE GENUINE SKULL OF BRIAN BORU.”
“YOU CHEAT”, EXPLODED THE AMERICAN,
“YOU SOLD ME THAT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO”,
AND PRODUCING THE SKULL ADDED LOUDLY,
“LOOK, THEY'RE NOT EVEN THE SAME SIZE.”
“YOU HAVE GOT IT WRONG,”
OPINED THE SELLER,
“THIS IS THE SKULL OF BRIAN BORU
WHEN HE WAS A LAD.”
Brian Boru (940 to 1014) managed the rare feat of
uniting Ireland. In a turning point in the war with the
Vikings, Brian Boru defeated the Viking leader
Ivar in single combat. Not only was Brian successful
in battle, but he also had at least 4 wives and founded
the O' Brien clan.