Laoise who was in first class brought in a stone from the yard.
Her teacher at the time, Mr. Dodd has a degree in Archaeology
and he thought this stone looked interesting.
He sent it to a lecturer he knew,
Dr. Muiris O’Sullivan of the Department of Archaeology in UCD.
He kindly examined it and was able to tell us that the stone dated
from the late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age
and most probably used as a tool for scraping meat from animal hides.
This means this tool could date from 2,000 BC
and so be 4,000 years old.
Since Laoise’s discovery quite a number of other children
have brought in unusual stones from the yard
and we always check with Mr. Dodd first
before we ask them to put them back!