Archaeologists Discover Rare Intact Eircom Phone Box
ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Carlow have today confirmed the unearthing of a rare intact Eircom phone box during a dig, dating back dozens of years, WWN has learned.
The remarkable find comes with several other artifacts from the era, including call cards, old coins and used condoms dating back to the mid 1990s.
“It’s a rare find due to the fact the glass panels are still fully intact which is unheard of in the world of public phone boxes, especially from this era,” Professor David Keane told WWN.
Among the call cards found were a special commemorative call card to mark the closing of the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland, indicating the phone box to be around the year 1996.
“This was also a time when homosexuality was officially decriminalised in Ireland so this find has some historical significance,” Professor Keane added, now dusting off an old bottle jack normally used to raise a car while fixing a puncture, “ah, here we have an old phone box hack to burst open the coinbox – the perpetrators would put a concrete block under this and use the jack to pop the safe underneath – different times back then”.
Furthermore, the phone box still actually worked and when the digits 141 were dialed archaeologists found the last number called was to an old Late Late Show competition line for a holiday to New York.