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Wednesday 16 April 2014

National Monuments Service to rebury century-old shipwreck unearthed by Storm Christine

A shipwreck buried for over a century in Rhosbeigh, Co. Kerry will be reburied by the National Monuments Service in order to protect the artifact.

The body have received reports of "planks being removed" from the shop and will rebury it in order to protect it.

The 'Schooner Sunbeam' was shipwrecked while bringing flour from Galway to Cork and has been buried on the beach since 1903, under a "foot or two of sand".

It was unearthed by high waters during the recent storm weather.

According to local man Johnny 'Porridge' O' Connor, the shipwreck was unearthed and moved "around 400 metres" down the beach by the storm.

"I never thought I'd see it like this. It would be a nice tourist attraction if they left it".

Meanwhile, a 14th century castle in Ballinskelligs in Kerry is in danger of collapse due to the erosion sustained by Storm Christine.

Photo: Twitter/GrahamJClifford

Local man James Pháid O' Suilleabháin is among the residents worried about the future of the castle.

"One or two more storms like we had and you'll wake up one morning and there will be no McCarthy's castle."

 

 

 

 

 

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