To commemorate the town of Swords connection with the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru as well as Fingal’s strong links to the Vikings, Fingal County Council organised a weekend of activities in the town of Swords itself that included a night time torch-light parade to mark the funeral procession and handing over of Brian’s body to the delegation from Armagh.

I was commissioned to create the illustrations and graphic design work on a set of three large 2m x 1m corriboards – telling the story of the Vikings arrival, the battle at Clontarf and Brian’s removal to the tower in Swords. I illustrated a series of posters showing some of the main characters involved in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 – Brian Boru, Wolf the Quarrelsome and Sitric Silkenbeard. The promotional materials also included a very large 6m x 1.2m PVC banner and a DL trifold brochure.

Vikings Are Coming Poster - illustrated by Jennifer Farley

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Death of Brian Boru - Vikings - Illustrated by Jennifer Farley

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Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

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