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Ballinesker Hoard

A treasure trove of gold jewelry was discovered during construction at Ballinesker in 1990. Gold dress clasps, a gold bracelet, and other fine gold jewelry, including a pair of most modern earrings or ear spools, are now on display in the National Museum. The find dates from 700 B.C., the Late Bronze Age - 2,712 years ago.

The ornaments are part of the permanent gold exhibition at the National Museum. It is a magnificent exhibition of the most important gold collections in Western Europe. The museum is part of a tree-shaded 19th-century building next to Dale Arianne - and it's worth a visit if you're in Dublin.