A weapon presented by Ian Paisley to Bertie Ahern in a symbol of the peace process was a loan, it was revealed.
The centuries-old musket was reputedly used at the Battle of the Boyne between William of Orange and Catholic King James II in 1690 and is to be put up for auction.
It was loaned by an anonymous owner to the former DUP first minister of Northern Ireland who lent it to the former Irish taoiseach, a spokeswoman for the auctioneers said.
Mr Ahern helped negotiate the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and received the weapon in a gesture of reconciliation at the site of the battle in 2007. Now the original owner of the firearm has decided to sell.
Credit: Belfast Telegraph