Bid to bring Bronze Age necklace back to Limerick

EFFORTS must be made to repatriate a Bronze Age necklace that was ‘detached’ in England after it was discovered in County Limerick over 200 years ago.

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

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

“This really is a distinctive collar – very similar to the Tara brooch,” Cllr Emmett O’Brien said at an Adare/Rathkeale councilor meeting.

‘It’s a very fine artifact with highly skilled quality workmanship from four or five thousand years ago,’ he added, explaining why he thinks the necklace should be brought back to Limerick – even temporarily. .

“What I’m suggesting is that we enter into negotiations, perhaps through Matthew Potter (Limerick Museum curator) or the Hunt Museum, with a view to renting the necklace to us for a period of time or bring him back on loan”, He offered.

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

The motion was unanimously accepted by councilors and it will now go to a full council meeting for further consideration.

Elizabeth J. Harless