Based on today’s inputs it seems that this reliquary (the Lough Erne Shrine) was likely photographed within a few years of its discovery. Dating from the 9th century or so, it may have lain for many hundreds of years in Lough Erne near Tully in Fermanagh. Accidentally discovered by a fisherman (named Plunket) in the 1890s, it came into the possession of the Royal Irish Academy. The RIA’s collection became the nucleus of the National Museum of Ireland (our neighbours). The NMI was established just one year before the fisherman made his discovery….
Photographer: Thomas H. Mason
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910
NLI Ref: M33/13
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