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The founding Trustees and Patrons of TOBSS are Lord James M O’Brien and Lady Cheryl O’Brien. Descended from King Brian Boru himself, Lord James holds his O’Brien heritage in high esteem and wished to find a way to bring that heritage to life in a way that would be accessible to all and would benefit both Ireland and the international community of people with Irish heritage. This is why he and Lady Cheryl decided to form TOBSS as a non-profit educational Trust that would use a combination of patronage, donations, commercial sponsorship, grants and delegate fees to facilitate the organisation of an ongoing series of International Symposia reflecting themes and eras of Irish history from the 10th century onwards, at affordable prices, for anyone interested in understanding more about Irish history, with subsidised prices for students. The TOBSS First International Symposium pays homage to the O’Brien Clan’s greatest ancestor, King Brian Boru and represents the first event of its kind ever to be conceived and conducted in Ireland. The Trustees, who are currently based in Scotland, although TOBSS has been set up as an Irish Trust, can be contacted on any TOBSS matter at the TOBSS email address: or by phone on +44 1505 862468.

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