Limavady Borough Council officials are to travel to Dublin on Monday for discussions with the National Museum about its short term loan of the famous Broighter Hoard.
Council Development Services director Valerie Richmond told councillors it had been a long campaign to bring the hoard home and would be in the Roe Valley before the end of 2013.
“All the artefacts, with the exception of the boat, which is too fragile to be moved, will be part of the exhibition,” said Ms Richmond. “Plans are now being made to ensure that all the conditions for the loan are put in place prior to confirmation and notification of the dates of the loan.”
SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan said it was great news, but expressed disappointment the boat would not be travelling to Limavady.
“I really hope we are not being hood winked here and I think that whatever we can do to get it here we should do. I know the Torc is brilliant, but the boat is the centrepiece,” said Colr. Mullan.
However, Ms Richmond said even in initial meetings because the Broighter Hoard boat is so fragile it was always doubtful it would go out on loan.
DUP Colr. James McCorkell said relatives of Tom Nicholl, the man who found the Hoard, should be involved in its exhibition.