A veritable treasure trove of artefacts have been discovered at Rathfarnham Castle. The find was made in the course of works being carried out by OPW in order to provide a new lift and staircase in the south-west tower.
The find included:
· Coins dating as far back as 1602.
· Chinese porcelain tea-sets along with perfectly-preserved tea leaves.
· Seeds and pips from olives, melons, grapes, cherries, peaches and other exotic fruit along with shells, fish and bird bones.
· Glass wine and spirit bottles.
· Cromwellian armour breastplate, musket balls and gun flints.
· Artefacts relating to 17th century costume, including jewellery, buckles, shoes etc.
· Small ointment and cosmetic jars (possibly from Italy) and a rare folding travel toothbrush.
Speaking on a visit to the castle Minister Heather Humphries said:
“I would like to commend the OPW for their careful work in ensuring that these artefacts are well preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. The National Museum of Ireland will now work with the OPW to fully conserve this find, and hopefully put them all together for an exhibition to go on display at Rathfarnham Castle after the works are complete.”
Minister Harris concluded:
“Now that the artefacts have been safely retrieved, works on the main contract have been resumed. I am confident that the Castle will re-open in 2015 and I look forward to viewing the exhibition of these amazing archaeological finds.”