A friend of mine has very kindly lent my what appears to be a cannonball that his family found while doing work in their back-garden. Boy is this thing heavy, you never appreciate the weight of a cannonball until you have carried one; I definitely wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of these bad boys. Unfortunately they did spray the bottom of it with paint but I think it could probably be easily removed by someone with experience in artifact recovery.
A quick check of the historic ordinance survey maps for 1837 shows that there used to be a castle (Ballyfermot castle near where it was found). I’m wondering if they could be related.
Anyhow, got to arrange a meeting with the National museum of Ireland antiquities division to get this thing checked out. Can’t wait to find out more about this. Actually getting to hold something like this in your hands, and feel the weight of it; it really makes the past come alive.