Rare 12th century kite brooch found on Irish island
A student from the United States has found a rare kite brooch from the 12th century on Omey Island, Connemara.
|Kite brooches were used as pieces of jewellery to fasten a cloak or shawl |
[Credit: Irish Times]
It was identified and confirmed as about nine centuries old by Galway city heritage officer Jim Higgins.
Kite brooches were used as pieces of jewellery to fasten a cloak or shawl.
Mr Gibbons said the find occurred when he was leading students on a walk on Omey, a tidal island off Claddaghduff. Ms McFadden located the brooch in the sand. He plans to give the brooch to the National Museum of Ireland.
Author: Lorna Siggins | Source: The Irish Times [July 25, 2016]