Pupil unearths piece of Limerick history

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Siofre Nic Naois with the Musket Ball that was found on the Grounds of the Hunt Museum. Also pictured is Hugh McGuire of the Hunt Museum and the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr  Kathleen Leddin [Picture: Press 22]
A TINY piece of Limerick’s history has been unearthed by a young pupil of Gaelscoil Sairseal on the grounds of the Hunt Museum.

A TINY piece of Limerick’s history has been unearthed by a young pupil of Gaelscoil Sairseal on the grounds of the Hunt Museum.

Believed to be a musket shot, it was found by Siofre Nic Naois from Meelick as she and classmates helped Mayor Kathleen Leddin create a new habitat for insects.

Rooting around in the grounds, Siofre came upon the perfect sphere and Hunt Museum director Hugh Maguire was on the spot to view the find. Limerick City Council said it had now been reported to the Limerick City Museum.

Brian Hodkinson, curator of the museum, said: “it’s great for kids to be able to find objects like this and for them to get a kick out of it”.

Musket shots, he said, were not a particularly unusual find although - being smaller than the cannonballs that also occasionally turn up in the city - relatively hard to spot. If Siofre’s find is indeed a musket ball, Mr Hodkinson said, it could date from any time from the 17th to the 19th century, taking in both sieges of Limerick.