Deputy Mayor, Maribel Wood and Councillor Tom Wood, former Supervisor at the Rock of Cashel, are hoping that the Cashel Crosier and Derrynaflan Chalice may be put on display at the Rock for the visit of Queen Elizabeth 11. They have written to the National Museum, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes at the Office of Public Works, requesting them to seriously consider it.
With the European Charter Meeting taking place in Cashel between June 30th and July 4th they are also encouraging the relevant authorities to put the treasures on public display again. With over 300 delegates, including elected Mayors, coming from the 26 EU countries, they believe that every opportunity should be taken to highlight such treasures from the past.
According to Tom Wood, the Chalice, a wonderful work of art and discovered in 1980 on the site of a former 8th century monastery, dates from the 9th century, while the beautiful gilt copper crosier head, a product of Limoges in France and dating to the 13th century was discovered in the elaborate stone sarcophagus on The Rock.