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The Ardagh Chalice, which dates from the 5th century, was found by a farmer out digging for potatoes near a west Limerick ring fort. It is said to be one of the finest specimens of Celtic Art existing today.
It stands at 7 inches high and can hold up to 3 pints of liquid. The chalice was probably used to administer the Mass wine to 5th century Christians. It is made of gold, bronze, brass, copper and lead and has a band running round the outside of the bowl engraved with the names of Christ's twelve apostles.