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  • Symbols of Power
    Symbols of Power

The Carrick-on-Suir Hoard. On 14th January 2013, a hoard of gold coins was found under the floorboards of a public house in Carrick-on Suir. The find consists of eighty one gold coins dating to the reigns of Charles II (1660- 85), James II (1685-8), William and Mary (1688-94) and William III (1694-1702). The coins carry the image of the relevant monarchs and the message is clear: you may own the coins but power flows from the Monarch. (c) National Museum of Ireland.

The First World War, or the Great War as it was known, drew the global superpowers of the day into a deadly conflict that lasted four years, from 1914 to 1918, and cost 18 million lives. Just twenty years later the world was to be plunged into chaos again, with the outbreak of the Second World War from 1939-1945.

Tharraing an Chéad Chogadh Domhanda, nó an Cogadh Mór mar a tugadh air, ollchumhachtaí an lae isteach i gcoimhlint mharfach a mhair ceithre bliana, ó 1914 go 1918, agus ar bhásaigh 18 milliún duine lena linn. Díreach scór bliain ina dhiaidh sin tharla cíor thuathail arís, nuair a cuireadh tús leis an Dara Cogadh Domhanda ó 1939-1945.

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The Power of moneySymbols of Power

Humans display power in different ways. This might be through possession of special things that others do not have, or display of strength through uniforms and weapons, or even by what is called ‘extravagant consumption’ – showing how rich you are by your ability to effectively ‘throw money away’. People can show this by how much they spend on an event, or on a donation, or in times past on rich gifts to the gods. 

As you entered this area you passed an obvious symbol of power, the 400 year old Clonmel Civic Regalia. However, all around you are less obvious symbols of power from many different times: the portraits of David and Mary Malcomson, the guns and helmets from two World Wars, the bronze axes from 4,000 years ago, a hoard of Viking silver, even that remarkable purple wedding dress – these all spoke ‘power’ to those who owned them and those who saw them.