The River Laune (Inisfallen) Crozier told by Dr Griffin Murray

A series of four podcasts was funded by Creative Ireland National Creativity Fund, and the first one tells the story of the how the Innisfallen or River Laune Crozier was found. 

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Photo Credit: The River Laune or Inisfallen Crozier © National Museum of Ireland

In the second podcast Dr Niamh Whitfield tells the story of the finding of the Tara Brooch. How a brooch found on the coast of County Meath, rather than at the Hill of Tara, came to have that title.

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Photo Credit: The Tara Brooch © National Museum of Ireland

In the third podcast Raghnall O Floinn, former Director of the National Museum of Ireland, outlines how the Ardagh hoard was discovered by a teenager in Limerick in 1868 and the subsequent disputes over the ownership of this valuable hoard.

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Photo Credit: The Ardagh Hoard © National Museum of Ireland

In the fourth podcast Aideen Ireland, formerly of the National Archives of Ireland delves into the collection of archaeological objects assembled by the Irish Home Rule nationalist politician, Sir Thomas Henry Grattan Esmonde. Detailed in Grattan Esmonde’s personal archive, these objects appeared to have been lost when his Wexford home, Ballynastragh House, was destroyed by anti-treaty Republicans in 1923. The fascinating archive is the only record of these objects in existence.

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Photo Credit: Ballynastragh House, County Wexford. In James Norris Brewer, "The Beauties of Ireland: Being Original Delineations, Topographical, Historical, and Biographical, of each County", Vol. 2 (London, 1826).

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