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The Tara Brooch

The Irish tradition of metalworking dates back to 3000 years to the Bronze Age; the Tara Brooch is considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient Irish metalworking craftmanship. It is a "ring brooch" dating back to the late 7th or early 8th century. Despite the name, it does not have any historical attachment to Tara. Rather, it was found in  1850 in  Bettystown, County Meath and later acquired by a jeweler who named it the "Tara brooch". The brooch is now on permanent display in the National Museum, Dublin.

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