New Armada finds could be displayed locally hints Minister

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As yet more Armada artefacts were lifted from the sea this week Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has said that the National Museum would have no objection to them being exhibited locally.

ARTEFACT: A figure engraved on one of the cannons.
ARTEFACT: A figure engraved on one of the cannons.

However, it will be at least two years before the bronze cannon and other objects will be ready for display.

A month ago the Minister, with representatives of the Spanish Embassy, visited the site of the three Armada wrecks off Streedagh beach in north Sligo as two cannons, dated 1570, were lifted from the sea.

Yesterday (Wednesday) and on Monday more cannons and other items were brought ashore at Mullaghmore harbour to be transported to Dublin for conservation treatment.

So far a variety of significant artefacts, including six bronze cannons, one gun carriage wheel, a ship’s copper cauldron and a number of smaller items have been recovered.

For more on this story, see this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper. In shops now.

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