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Ancient treasure: Cathal McDonagh (12) and his family help to retrieve the ancient longboat he found in the inland lake

Ancient treasure: Cathal McDonagh (12) and his family help to retrieve the ancient longboat he found in the inland lake

Ancient treasure: Cathal McDonagh (12) and his family help to retrieve the ancient longboat he found in the inland lake

A bored schoolboy who abandoned his homework to go paddling in a lake uncovered an ancient boat that could be more than 4,000 years old.

The 17ft longboat was lodged in the mud in the lake at the back of 12-year-old Cathal McDonagh's home in Lisacul, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

Archaeologists have told the family the ancient vessel could date back as far as 2000 BC.


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