A hoard of 81 gold coins dating from between the 1660s and the 1700s has been found in Co Tipperary.

Curator of the South Tipperary County Museum Marie McMahon told RTÉ's News at One that the coins were discovered in the foundations of an old pub in Carrick-on-Suir.

The hoard has been described as the most significant find in the region since the Derrynaflan Chalice was unearthed in nearby Killenaule 32 years ago.

Ms McMahon said the find comprises of gold guineas and half guineas, that date back to Charles II, James II, William III and Mary II.

She said: "You have to remember that Carrick-on-Suir was a medieval site, there was a lot of merchants travelling up and down the river.

"Then as well you have the Ormond castle, it would have had rich merchants down in that area also."

The coins were found during construction work on Cooney's Bar, which burned down a number of years ago.

Ms McMahon said the coins are currently in the National Museum in Dublin.

However, she said she hoped it will be possible to put the collection on show in the Tipperary County Museum in the future.