A high school in Galway is appealing for information after the discovery of an 18th century sword in the desk of an old employee.

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The sword was found during a clear out of a room in the old Colaiste Sheosaimh School in Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, the Connacht Tribune reports.

The weapon was not in good condition, and was handed over to National History Museum.

It is understood the sword was discovered in a drawer of a former vice principals office.  It may have been there for several decades.

The National History Museum believe that it dates back to the late 1700s and have asked the school to attempt to find out more information about it.

The caretaker of the school made the discovery when they were cleaning out an office at the old school before he presented it to Ollie Conway, a history teacher.

The 18th century sword discovered in a drawer at a Glenamaddy school. The pen next to it shows its scale.