Two brooches in the possession of the Rev. James Mochler of Fermoy in 1838. Each brooch is shown front and back.
After passing through various hands, including Crofton Croker’s, these brooches, described as ‘of pseudo-penannular type’ and dating to the Viking Age, are now in the British Museum. It was this illustration which ultimately led to their provenance being identified.
John Sheehan, 'The character and cultural context of the Inis Cáthaig/Scattery Island silver hoard', The Other Clare, 34 (2010), 23-28.
|Genre||Scientific or Technical illustration|
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites|
|Keywords(s)||Antiquities, Jewellery, Silver|
|Published / created||1839|
|Travel Account||Rambles in the South of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||Vol. 2, p. 215|
|Source copy||James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA|
Related text from travel account
|As we descended a hill before we reached Kilrush, we had a beautiful view of the Shannon, with Scattery Island, and its interesting round tower. Two brooches were dug up not long ago among the ruins on that island. They are of solid silver, beautifully worked, and are now in the possession of the Rev. J. Mochler of Fermoy; the annexed wood-cuts are exact representations of both sides of these interesting relics; but they are only half the original size.
[p. 215] [Image: Two silver brooches dug up on Scattery Island]
I looked on Scattery Island with great interest, as being the scene of one of Moore’s most beautiful melodies.*
[Extract from 'St. Senanus and the Lady’.]
[Vol. 2, p. 214-215]