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© Alan L. on June 17, 2011

Broighter Gold boat

In 1896 a farmer, Tom Nicholl, unearthed what has been described as the " greatest gold hoard in Ireland" consisting of necklaces, torcs, a collar and a miniature boat complete with oars and seats. All these items were made of gold in an ornamental style known as "La Tene"

Having been discovered, the next question was who could now claim these objects as their own?. For if it could be proved they had been lost, rather than deliberately concealed, then it was "finders keepers". It became a celebrated court-case which by 1903 reached the Royal Courts of Justice London. Some argued that at one time that area had been covered by the sea and the hoard had been deliberately thrown into the water as a votive offering. However others proposed that the sea never reached these fields and so the ornaments were quite likely hidden with the intention of recovery later.

The Broighter gold Collar Eventually the court decided that the hoard had been deliberately concealed so was "treasure trove" and therefore belonged to the Crown. The gold was handed over to the National Museum in Dublin where it still resides although there is a replica set in the Ulster Museum Belfast.

Jim Hunter in his booklet "The Broighter Gold Hoard" however points out that the gold collar is decorated with sea horses and that, together with the little gold boat, would indicate it was probably a votive offering to a sea god. This treasure had probably been buried in the Broighter area for collection at a later date. And yet, argues Mr Hunter, why bury something in an area which was liable to flooding either from the River Roe or Lough Foyle?

mbe21 on June 24, 2011

I wonder if we sold the lot could we pay of the Anglo debt? Ha

Юрий Бардун on July 1, 2011

Very, very interesting excursion into Dublin museum! Fantastic displays! Well done all series! Like!

Thank you, Alan. Greetings from Russia, Yuri

© Alan L. on July 1, 2011

Thank you Yuri.

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Photo taken in Dublin Southside, Dublin, Ireland

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