Cromwellian Cannonball Discovered In Clare

The Cromwellian era cannonball was discovered in Ballycar. © Clare Museum

On May 12th, Nathan Maxwell was helping to put up a fence at his home in Ballycar, Newmarket on Fergus, when he swung a pick-axe, and struck what turned out to be a cannonball in the ground.

It’s been donated to the Clare Museum, who – with the help of historian Martin Breen – discovered that it was linked with a former castle in Ballycar, and that it dates back to the 1650s and the era of Oliver Cromwell.

Nathan, and John Rattigan of the Clare Museum, spoke with Gavin on Friday’s Morning Focus