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Ardagh 150 Programme of Events and Projects

The Museum of Archaeology is running a series of events and projects to celebrate the discovery 150 years ago of the Ardagh Chalice. The hoard of objects includes four brooches, a plain bronze chalice, and one of the most iconic of Irish artefacts, a beautiful decorated silver chalice, which today we call the Ardagh Chalice. Made in the 8th century AD, they were buried in the 10th century near an ancient Ringfort at Reestra, in Ardagh, Co Limerick and were rediscovered in 1868.


Ardagh 150 Open Day

Ardagh 150 Open Day

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Ardagh Chalice and hoard the Museum of Archaeology is holding a day of free activities and displays. Talk to our curators, take part in our art activities and meet Vikings, monks and scribes to discover life in Early Medieval Ireland.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Lecture Series

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Lecture Series

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Ardagh Chalice and hoard the Museum of Archaeology is holding a special series of lunchtime talks about the discovery, art, techniques of the chalice and the history of the age in which it was made.

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

Join on this special tour of the ‘Treasury Exhibition’ exploring Ireland's most famous and iconic object, the Ardagh Chalice, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of its finding. Learn about the people of Early Medieval Ireland and the influence of the coming of Christianity in the 5th century and discover how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.

Ardagh 150 Colouring Competition

Ardagh 150 Colouring Competition

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, take part in our colouring competition!

Workshops and Tours for Schools

Workshops and Tours for Schools

For the academic term of September to December 2018, Primary School pupils can join in art workshops using the Museum’s ‘Giant Ardagh Chalices’, or join a storytelling workshops inspired by the stories of those who made, buried and rediscovered the chalice. Storytelling workshops are also available in Irish. For our Post-Primary pupils we have a range of tours, including our ‘Highlights Tour’ and our ‘Leaving Cert Art History Tour’ that explore Early Medieval Ireland and the Ardagh Chalice.