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A 12th century dog collar from Waterford city

This rare 12th century dog collar was found by archaeologists working in Waterford city. Fashioned out of bronze, it originally…

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Mercenaries, Trade and Warfare: The New Ross Macehead

This distinctive late medieval civic mace is currently on display in the Waterford Museum of Treasures. However, its origins lie…

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Anglo-Norman Parks in Medieval Ireland: A Review

Anglo-Norman Parks in Medieval Ireland is a brand new book by Four Courts Press. This interesting and informative publication is…

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Medieval houses found at Tullyhogue fort, Co. Tyrone

Archaeologists from Queen’s University have uncovered the foundations of a number of medieval houses at Tullyhogue fort, Co. Tyrone, which…

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Relic of the True Cross, Waterford City

This relic of the True Cross is associated with Christchurch Cathedral in Waterford city. It consists of a silver, double-armed…

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Split down the middle: parti-coloured clothes in 14th century Ireland

In the imaginative and engaging Charter Roll room of the Medieval Waterford Museum, I discovered something that I’d never seen before:…

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Beer Money: 13th century tokens from Winetavern Street, Dublin

These distinctive pewter tokens were found by Brendán O’Riordáin during his archaeological excavations at Winetavern Street in Dublin. As its name…

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Guiding ships for 800 years: Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford

 The iconic Hook Head lighthouse represents one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world.  It stands on the very…

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In photos: The ornate medieval stonework at Boyle Abbey, Roscommon

Founded in 1161 AD, by the Cistercian order of monks, Boyle Abbey, Co. Roscommon contains a fine collection of medieval decorated…

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A Twelfth Century Hand-Warmer

Dating from the 12th century and decorated in foliate patterns, this small, bronze ball is actually a hand-warmer. Inside the…