A Waterford councillor says an archeological site in the east of the county could be the earliest settlement in Ireland.

People will have a chance this week to see some of the ancient artefacts that are behind claims County Waterford is home to one of the earliest settlements in Ireland.

Thousands of flint artefacts have been found in Creaden in Dunmore East in recent years.

It's believed they date from the Middle Stone Age.

A renowned archaeologist is currently in the fishing village, trying to determine just how old the site is.


Experts consulted to date believe it’s likely the artefacts are from the Mesolithic period, also known as the Middle Stone Age.

The exhibition takes place tomorrow and Saturday from 11am to 3pm in the Kennedy Movers building at Waterford Airport.

Waterford Sinn Fien Councillor Jim Griffin believes a historical trail can be created from the find. He believes the archaeological settlement in Dunmore East could help revive fishing communities across east Waterford.

Currently the oldest settlement in the country is Mount Sandel in Derry.