Mystery over pub’s origins

A project compiling the history of the Carrick-on-Suir pub and site where 81 gold coins were discovered in January has issued an appeal for the public’s help in tracing the site’s story back to the 17th century when the hoard was buried.

A project compiling the history of the Carrick-on-Suir pub and site where 81 gold coins were discovered in January has issued an appeal for the public’s help in tracing the site’s story back to the 17th century when the hoard was buried.

Butler Heritage Trail co-ordinator Joanne Hughes said they have succeeded in tracing the history of the Cooney’s Pub site on Main Street back to the early 19th century.

But researchers haven’t to date been able to trace its history back any further to the 18th and 17th centuries.

“One of the things we are trying to work out is the physical changes that happened in the building to try and put a context on the location in the pub where the coins were found. It’s unclear whether they were originally buried inside or outside a building and maybe through oral history and local stories we can find out,” said Joanne.

“If anybody has information on the building during those periods or any references we can consult, I would be delighted for them to email me at: thebutlertrail@gmail.com.”

Ms Hughes ran a public workshop at Carrick Heritage Centre on July 31 where people were invited to pass on information they have about the Cooney’s Pub building and site. Twelve local people with connections to the building took part. Some brought artefacts and old photos and their stories were recorded.

“The information we got from them was just terrific. People came to us with artefacts from the pub during Nora Cooney’s time as proprietor and lovely personal stories. We recorded interviews and took photos of the artefacts. It was a really productive meeting.”

Ms Hughes said all information gathered by the project will inform the National Museum’s report on the gold coins hoard and will be given to Carrick Heritage Centre for use as a public resource.