[Two silver brooches dug up on Scattery Island]

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.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Woodcuts
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Scattery Island - Island
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Antiquities, Jewellery, Silver
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1839

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rambles in the South of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
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]
Two silver brooches dug up on Scattery Island