Limavady Borough is one step closer in its bid to bring home the Broighter Hoard.
Speakiing ealier this week, Director of Development Services, Valerie Richmond said staff at the National Museum of Ireland was considering a visit to the borough.
Speaking to the Journal after the meeting, she said: “Council is delighted that the National Museum of Ireland is still considering the possibility of a short term loan of the Broighter Hoard to Limavady.
“Obviously, a rigorous assessment of the suitability of Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre as a potential exhibition space is central to any decision they may make.
“We are hopeful that the initial assessment will encourage a team from the National Museum to visit the centre for more in depth discussions. 2013 - City of Culture provides the perfect setting to bring the Broighter Hoard back to Limavady.”
Housed in the National Museum of Ireland, the “most magnificent hoard of Celtic period gold objects to have been found in Ireland” was unearthed by a plough at Broighter, Co. Derry in 1896.
Limavady SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan is fully behind moves to bring the collection to the Roe Valley in time for the City of Culture celebrations in Derry in 2013.
“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,” he told the ‘Journal’.
“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.”