Here are a couple of articles that appeared in the Clare newspapers in advance of the first symposium:


TOBSS delegates and members of the public are welcome at this ticketed event, taking place 5.30pm - 8.00pm on Saturday 2nd September 2017, in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, Northern Ireland. There will be a finger buffet, a glass of wine and live entertainment. Tickets are £15pp and will be available at the hotel and also through this website.

Philanthropic Donations to TOBSS Fund

We invite anyone who supports TOBSS’ aims of making Irish history and heritage accessible to all to donate to TOBSS Fund to assist with event costs.

Commercial Sponsorship of TOBSS

The TOBSS Founding Patrons seed-funded TOBSS, which also applies for appropriate grants, but more help is always appreciated. Commercial sponsors will be listed on this website, the TOBSS Facebook page and delegate literature. If you would like to support TOBSS with a cash donation, please use any of the payment methods listed under the 'Philanthropic Sponsorship' section of this website.

TOBSS is non-profit and non-VAT-registered.

Armagh City Hotel, 2017 TOBSS Event

 The 2017 TOBSS event takes place on 2nd-3rd September. On Saturday 2nd September there is a full day seminar with eight talks. On Sunday 3rd September there is a day of expert-guided tours of local historic sites of interest. Delegates may register for the full weekend, for one day, or for individual segments of the seminar day. Should you require accommodation for 1st or 2nd September, the Armagh City Hotel will offer a special reduced rate if you tell them you are a registered TOBSS delegate for the 2017 event.

Special News!

Having acquired the Official O'Brien Clan Replica of the sword of King Brian Boru, TOBSS Founders are liaising with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to arrange an indefinite loan of the sword to Armagh, so that it may be displayed for public viewing in Armagh Tourist Information Centre. An information panel telling the Brian Boru story will be displayed alongside the weapon, which is a formidable two-handed broadsword over 6ft long and weighing 11 lbs. Check back here for details of the sword presentation ceremony, which will take place on 31st August or 1st September (to be finalised).


Grant Awards

February 2017

TOBSS was awarded 1000 Euros under Clare County Council Community Tourism Diaspora Funding; 1000 Euros by the O'Brien Clan Foundation and 500 Euros by the Killaloe King Brian Boru Millennium Group. We wish to thank these grant providers for their invaluable assistance.