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Artefact Biography: A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon

Held by the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, the original museum record for these artefacts, numbered 1998:5 – 8, reads: “Hoard of four polished stone axes found in the bog at Td. Runnacocka, Co. Roscommon”. The record documents a collection of four deliberately deposited small axeheads made from shale, sandstone and limestone, which are likely… Continue reading Artefact Biography: A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon

Heritage Week 2020

Fr. Frank Browne SJ and his Titanic legacy

On the date of the 109th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, we remember the importance of the Titanic photographs taken by Fr. Frank Browne SJ. Fr. Francis (Frank) Browne was an Irish Jesuit priest who over his lifetime developed an incredible talent for photography, capturing images of Ireland and the world during… Continue reading Fr. Frank Browne SJ and his Titanic legacy

A Vinegar Valentine for St. Valentine’s Day!

For St. Valentine’s Day, enjoy a suffragette themed ‘Vinegar Valentine’ postcard! Vinegar Valentines were a form of ‘comic’ or anti-Valentine, popular from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Vinegar Valentines were designed to insult and mock the unfortunate recipients through blunt contemporary humour – on this postcard the sender has even continued the ‘vinegar’ sentiment with a… Continue reading A Vinegar Valentine for St. Valentine’s Day!


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