Ireland’s Buried Treasure
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
~ W.B. Yeats
The little gold boat captured my imagination from the minute I first saw it in Dublin’s National Museum of Ireland in the summer of 2011. Found by two men ploughing a farm field near Limavady, Northern Ireland in 1896, the finely crafted miniature (just over seven inches long) is part of a hoard of Iron Age artifacts buried there, probably as an offering to the Celtic sea god, Manannan Mac Lir.
Finally visiting the country whose landscape, language, literature, history, myths and music had always moved me, I seized on the idea of the gold boat as a symbol of my journey: the impulse that led me to fly there alone, then face my fear of driving by myself (on the “wrong” side of the road) to attend a week-long poetry workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry.
~Excerpt from Gold Boat Journeys Ship’s Log (aka Slog) by littlegoldboat.
Thanks to Irish silversmith Eileen Moylan for permission to use her photograph of the gold boat from the Broighter Hoard, First century, B.C.E., National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.
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