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Tullydonnell Gold Hoard on display in Letterkenny 26.11.19

DONEGAL County Museum in association with the National Museum of Ireland is delighted to announce that the Tullydonnell Lower Gold Hoard will be on display in Donegal County Museum until Saturday, 30 November.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan said “The Council is delighted that the people of Donegal will now have an opportunity to see these remarkable artefacts over the coming two weeks. I want to pay particular thanks to the staff of the County Museum and congratulate them on this exhibition. Without their hard work these extraordinary gold rings would not now be on display in Donegal.”
Tullydonnell Gold Hoard is on display at Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny.
The gold hoard, dating from the Late Bronze Age (1200 to 800BC) was discovered by chance in June 2018, when farmers took the opportunity of a dry summer to improve drainage at the base of a field at Tullydonnell Lower in East Donegal. They uncovered a small pit covered by a boulder which contained four solid gold overlapping rings.
Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland says, “The Museum would like to recognise the significant cooperation of the finders and the local community in Donegal over the last 18 months. Working together we have been able to bring these exceptional four gold rings to Letterkenny so that as many people as possible from the locality can see these unique artefacts.”
Analysis of the metal has shown that they contain gold and small quantities of silver and copper consistent with Late Bronze Age Irish gold artefacts. Together these objects weigh over 4kg (8.8lbs). They are simply finished apart from hammered-up ends and are in perfect condition.
They are the heaviest intact prehistoric gold hoard ever found in Ireland. They may have been a way of storing bullion for manufacturing finer metalwork such as gorgets. It is believed that the gold ore may have originated in Cornwall, England.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Opening hours 10am - 4.30pm Monday- Friday. For further information contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny by email museum@donegalcoco.ie or call 074 91 24613.
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