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.