Brian (Celtic Mythology) Brian is a foolhardy ruffian in Celtic legend. Story has it that this reckless warrior had the audacity to kill the father of an Irish god, Lugh of the Long Arm, and is forced to perform a series of impossible tasks in order to appease the god. Brian and his brothers must travel to faraway places collecting magical weapons for Lugh – which they actually accomplish – but return home somewhat worse for wear. They are pummeled in the last task, and plead for one of the magical instruments in order to save their lives. Lugh denies them, causing them all to bleed to death. Lugh reminds the poor saps that his own father was not granted the opportunity to defend himself, and nor shall they!
Brian and Robert - a song by Phish
Brian Boru’s March - an Irish song by Cruachan
Brian Song - a song by Monty Python
Brian Wilson - a song by Barenaked Ladies
Brian Wilson Said - a song by Tears For Fears
Brian's Song - a song by Johnny Mathis
What Would Brian Boitano Do? - a song by South Park
Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) - An award-winning adventure story! Brian survives 54 days in the wilderness after his single-engine plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness while he is on the way to visit his father. He learns not only how to survive in the wilderness with only his clothes and a hatchet, but also that he can survive his parent’s divorce. Also part of this series of books by Gary Paulsen are “Brian’s Winter,” “Brian’s Hunt,” and “Brian’s Return.” Recommended for ages 10-12.
I Was a Third Grade Science Project (Mary Jane Auch) - While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Brian - Brian Dennehy (actor); Brian Mcknight (musician); Brian Setzer (musician); Brian Wilson (musician); Brian Boitano (ice skater); Brian Boru (Irish King); Brian De Palma (director); Brian Littrell (singer in the boy band The Backstreet Boys); Brian Piccolo (football player)
Famous People who Named their Son Brian - Art Carney (actor); Jim Henson (puppeteer); Marv Albert (sportscaster); Rodney Dangerfield (comic); Sandra Day O'Connor (Supreme Court Justice); Steve Allen (TV personality)
Irish King Brian Boru (circa 941-1014) - Brian Boru was born Brian Mac Cennétig in Ireland around 941. He was perhaps the greatest military leader Ireland has ever known and his life deeds were legendary. In 978 he led his warriors to victory and took the kingship of all of Munster. Rulers of other provinces took note and worried he might want more territory. Brian did not back down and eventually took over most of the southern half of Ireland. Not content to stop there, Brian went about northern Ireland reinforcing his claim to it. The problem with building an empire is that you can’t watch your old territories when you’re going about conquering new ones. Eventually Dublin and Leinster rebelled which culminated into the Battle of Clontarf. Brian’s army still won, but Brian himself died. He earned his name as 'Brian of the Tributes' (Brian Boru) by collecting tributes from the minor rulers of Ireland and using the money to restore monasteries and libraries that had been destroyed during the invasions.