Unique brooch bound for Belfast

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A rare Irish 9th century silver brooch has been donated to National Museums Northern Ireland.

The Ballyvolan brooch, described by experts as "exceptional", was found in the ruins of Ballyvolan Fort near Kilmartin in County Wicklow about 1900.

It had until recently been in an English private collection.

The brooch was accepted by the British government in lieu of inheritance tax, and allocated to the Art Fund.

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