The Story of Kincora

BY kincora • March 17, 2016

The Story of Kincora

In observance of our Irish heritage and in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we’d like to share the story behind our community’s name.

Kincora, also known as the palace of Ceann Coradh, was situated on the summit of the hill in Killaloe town, Ireland. Though Kincora was built as a defense against the Vikings in the ninth century, it was under the rule of Brian Boru in the 11th century that the palace achieved its greatest glory.

One of 12 sons, Brian Boru was born in 941 and grew to gain fame as a great warrior. Brian’s father was the king of the powerful Dál Cais tribe and when he died, the kingship was passed to the eldest son, Brian’s brother, Mahon.

At the time, Ireland was a land of tribes and infighting within the country to expand a clan’s land was the way of life. Mahon was a successful ruler, winning many battles and increasing the Dál Cais’s territory. However, when Mahon made a truce with Ireland’s most feared enemy—the Vikings—Brian Boru took things into his own hands. Knowing the Vikings would break their truce, Brian raised up his own army and was soon battling against the rapacious Norsemen. When Mahon eventually died in battle, Brian took his oath as king of the Dal Cais and soon rose to become king of all of southern Ireland.

Brian’s dream, however, was to do away with the many clan divisions upon the Emerald Isle and unite Ireland under one High King. And when Malachy, the king of northern Ireland, overstepped his bounds, Brian Boru rallied his troops and, after myriad battles, overthrew Malachy and his many allies.

At last, and for the first time in its history, Ireland was united. As Ard Ri, or High King, Boru successfully drove the Vikings from Ireland and the island enjoyed a time of peace and prosperity as never before.

In the spirit of Brian Boru, we at Kincora aim to create a place of unity where everyone will find their happy and peaceful spot, whether that’s running along one of the community’s many trails, sketching a landscape of Broad Run or devouring a good book at a local café.

And, as it is fitting, we’ll leave you with an Irish toast:

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

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