A VALUABLE hoard of gold coins dating back almost 400 years has been discovered in the foundations of a Tipperary pub, writes Bernie Commins.
Although the value of the treasure trove, comprising 81 coins dating from the 1630s to the early 1700s, has not yet been assessed, it was last night described by the National Museum as "significant".
The hoard, found in one of Carrick-on-Suir's oldest public houses, has been described as the most significant find in the region since the Derrynaflan Chalice was unearthed in nearby Killenaule 32 years ago.
There are 35 Charles II coins, 25 James II coins, 19 William III and two William III and Mary III coins.
The coins were discovered by construction workers at Cooney's pub on Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir.
South Tipperary County Museum curator Marie McMahon said the artefacts were stacked in tube-shaped bundles. Irish law states that all artefacts found belong to the State and must be reported.