Ardagh Hoard Discovered


In 1868, the Ardagh Hoard including the 8th century Ardagh Chalice, was found in Reerasta Rath near Ardagh. The chalice is held in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.

The Ardagh Chalice is one of the greatest treasures of the early Christian Church in Ireland. The hoard of objects found in the 19th century by a young man farming the land near Ardagh, County Limerick.

The bowl and foot of the chalice are made of silver. The outer side of the bowl is decorated with gold, silver, glass, amber and enamel ornaments. The underneath of the foot is also decorated and contains a rock crystal at the centre.

The Ardagh Chalice can be compared to the Tara Brooch for its early medieval craftsmanship.

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