Rare 900 year old brooch found on Connemara beach

A rare 12th century kite brooch has been found by a student from the US on a beach on Omey Island Connemara. The badge was discovered by McKenna McFadden who was on a field trip with New York University. The trip was being led by a local archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

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Omey Island. Image Oxana Maher

The 900 year old brooch has been confirmed and identified by Jim Higgins the Galway city heritage officer. These types of kite brooches, named for their shape, were used to fasten clothes like cloaks and shawls. This rare brooch will be offered to the National Museum of Ireland.

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