A Limavady Councillor has proposed that a unique collection of gold artefacts from the Iron Age discovered by Tom Nicholl on farmland in Limavady in 1896 be brought back from the National Museum in Dublin as part of the City of Culture celebrations in Derry 2013.
The collection which includes a 7-inch-long gold boat, gold neck-tie and bowl has been used as inspiration for designs used on coins and postage stamps over the years.
SDLP Councillor Gerry Mullan is anxious that Limavady should benefit from the planned City of Culture celebrations in Derry in two years time.
He said: “The City of Culture project, which will benefit the entire province, provides an exciting and unique opportunity for Limavady to acquire these priceless objects and to have them on display in the area of their origin.
“Such an accomplishment would be invaluable for the promotion of cultural tourism in this area which would mean so much in these austere economic times.”
Councillor Mullan who has already received the backing of many leading academics and artists in the art-world went on to say: “It was with ideas such as this in mind that I fought so hard to have an Arts and Cultural Centre for Limavady and which now makes the prospect of having such a culturally priceless exhibition in our home town not only extremely exciting but eminently possible.
“I am confident that with the right approach and with the full support of the community that this ‘golden nugget’ will eventually find it’s true home,” he said.