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26 May 2022

Bid to bring Bronze Age collar back home to Limerick

Bid to bring Bronze Age collar back home to Limerick

The Shannongrove Collar is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

EFFORTS are to be made to repatriate a Bronze Age collar which was ‘seconded’ to England after it was discovered in County Limerick more than 200 years ago.

The Shannongrove Collar, which was discovered in a bog near Pallaskenry is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 

According to the museum, the collar, which is made from gold, dates back to sometime between 800 BC and 700 BC.

“This is very much a distinctive collar – very much like the Tara Brooch,” said Cllr Emmett O’Brien at a meeting of Adare/Rathkeale councillors.

“It’s a very beautiful artifact with high-skilled quality workmanship from the best part of four or five thousand years ago,” he added as he outlined why he thinks the collar should be brought back to Limerick – even temporarily.

“What I am suggesting is that we enter into negotiations, perhaps through Matthew Potter (Curator of Limerick Museum) or the Hunt Museum, with a view to having the collar leased back to us for a period of time or brought back on loan,” he proposed.

“It would be nice to have something that is distinctly Limerick and distinctly Adare/Rathkeale and distinctly Pallaskenry –  or Ardkenny as it was formally known –  brought back to Limerick,” he added.

The motion was agreed unanimously by councillors and it will now come before a meeting of the full council for further consideration.

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