Broighter Gold is on the way home

A boat from the Broighter Hoard.
A boat from the Broighter Hoard.

The famous Broighter Gold Hoard, discovered by a local farmer near Ballykelly, is coming home to Limavady, the ‘Journal’ can reveal today.

After years of discussions, Limavady Borough Council said last night it was “absolutely delighted to confirm that the Broighter Gold Hoard will be coming home for a short visit before the end of 2013. Further details will be revealed in due course.”

The ‘Journal’ understands that what is described as one of the most significant gold finds made in Ireland, will be housed in the multi million pound Roe Valley Arts Centre during its stay.

The news has been billed as ‘fantastic’ by Mayor Gerry Mullan who says the cost of approximately £40,000 to have the collection in the town will be worth it, but the long term goal would be to secure the Hoard in Limavady on a permanent basis. He added: “This is brilliant news, and will bring in thousands of visitors.”