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Bored Schoolboy In Castlerea Discovers Remains Of Boat That Could Be 4,000 Years Old

12th June 2020
Press coverage of the discovery in the Roscommon People Press coverage of the discovery in the Roscommon People

Twelve-year-old Cathal McDonagh might be forgiven for skipping his homework this one time as he chanced upon the remains of an ancient boat that could date to the Bronze Age.

As the Irish Independent reports, young Cathal made the remarkable discovery while wading in the shallows of the lake behind his home in Lisacul, outside Castlerea.

The 17ft wooden boat was found in a lake that has at least one crannóg — a human-made defensive island originating in Neolithic times — so experts from Dublin headed to Roscommon this week will be eager to determine its possible link to the area’s rich heritage.

The Irish Independent has more on the story, and Cathal and his father also spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 about the find.

Published in Historic Boats Team

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