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Development work halted on Lansdowne Road after Neolithic paintings discovered in changing rooms

Lansdowne Road
Historic discovery in Dublin

Posted 18th December

The planned reconstruction work on Ireland’s Lansdowne Road has been postponed indefinitely due to the discovery of Neolithic paintings at the venue.

The home of Irish rugby, the oldest international rugby ground in the world, was due to be completely rebuilt to bring the stadium into the 21st century and provide the IRFU with the facilities needed for a top-level organization in modern sport.

However, the discovery of the ancient artwork on the walls of the dressing rooms means the entire redevelopment may now be thrown into doubt.

An IRFU spokesperson has revealed that builders discovered the paintings behind the shower stalls in the home team dressing room whilst doing preparation work for the forthcoming demolition.

‘We’ve called in UNESCO to take a look at the find,’ said the spokesman. ‘It’s a very exciting discovery for Ireland culturally and perhaps indicates that the ground has been used for recreation for longer than we currently believed.’

If UNESCO confirm the authenticity of the paintings, it could lead to the complete cancellation of the IRFU’s redevelopment project, dealing a serious financial and strategical blow to the union.

The IRFU have not yet made public any images of the paintings, but it is thought they may represent the image of primitive man kicking an oval shaped object high into the air with a group of followers wildly chasing.

The discovery is believed to be the most significant at Lansdowne Road since the Ark of the Covenant was discovered during an international between England and Ireland in 1332.