A new work was specially commissioned by Comhaltas, from composer Michael Rooney to commemorate the millennium of the life and death at Clontarf of Brian Ború.
The suite was performed by the newly reformed National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, a collection of over 50 of the finest young traditional and classical musicians from eighteen different counties throughout Ireland. This amazing group under the direction of Michael Rooney had previously performed in Clontarf, Armagh and Killaloe and finished their tour in the most fitting of venues in Brú Ború in the shadow of the famous Rock of Cashel. People had traveled from near and far to see and hear the Boroimhe Suite and they were left enthralled by the night’s entertainment. Brian Ború’s story was brought to life through music, song and dance. One got the sense that we were witnessing something very special and this was further emphasized by the standing ovation at the end. Both traditional and classical instruments were coupled with amazing acoustics to create a very special sound and atmosphere, one that will be remembered for a long time by all who attended. Indeed the composer himself felt that the Cashel performance was the pinnacle of the tour. Michael Rooney has captured so well the many elements of an extraordinary story. His keen insight into Irish history; his musical prowess; and his creative imagination have added another gem to our cultural renaissance. Senator Labhrás Ó’Murchú, Árdstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann says: “In this millennium year of Brian Ború, High King of Ireland, Boróimhe - the Comhaltas contribution to the national celebrations – highlights the artistic creativity of young Irish people. This newly composed suite of music performed by the National Folk Orchestra is another milestone in our cultural renaissance. The celebrated composer Michael Rooney has done the Irish nation proud.”