Carrick PubBuilders reconstructing Cooney’s Pub on Carrick-on-Suir’s Main Street, have unwittingly discovered one of the most significant finds of 17th century gold coins ever found in Ireland. The 81 coins, some of which date back almost 400 years, were concealed in soil under the floor-boards of the premises.
Their discovery has been described by a spokesperson for the National Museum of Ireland as “the most significant find in the region since the Derrynaflan Chalice was unearthed in nearby Killenaule 32 years ago”. Cooney’s , a listed building which has operated as a licensed premises since the mid-19th century, was gutted in a fire on Christmas Night 2009.