Sporting rarity sure to excite collectors at Fonsie Mealy sale

A 19th century scrap album with an original Cork city drawing by John Fitzgerald "Bard of the Lee" at Fonsie Mealy's sale in Kilkenny next Tuesday (€250-€350).

Des O’Sullivan expects strong competition among sporting collectors for a rare nine-carat gold All Ireland medal.

A REAL sporting rarity is the most expensively estimated lot at Fonsie Mealy’s rare book and collectors’ sale at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny next Tuesday at 10.30am.

The John T Power collection of three historic All-Ireland Hurling Championship medals won by Kilkenny in 1907, 1911 and 1913 is estimated at €10,000 to €15,000.

The nine carat gold Celtic Cross designed medals are typically inscribed as follows: “All Ireland Hurling C’ship 1907, won by Kilkenny, John T Power”.

Another lot, the match sliotar from the 1913 game, has a estimate of €800 to €1,000.

Another great rarity, a gold medal marking Clare’s first All-Ireland Hurling title in 1914, is estimated at €7,000-€10,000. There are mementoes of cricket, GAA, rugby, rowing, squash and tennis.

A programme from the 1952 hurling final, where Cork beat Dublin, is estimated at €100-€150 and an IRFU medal from 1885, inscribed Leinster Challenge Cup, is estimated at between €600 to €900.

An early manuscript poem by James Stephens with critical manuscript comments by George Bernard Shaw is estimated at €1,750-€2,000. Notes on Irish Architecture by Edwin, Earl of Dunraven, 1875 — a first and only edition — is estimated at €1,250-€1,750.

An 1849 letter from Fr Michael Begley to the Rev Mr Crofton, Kinsale, seeks relief on rent owed for the ground on which the chapel is built at Ballingarry and stresses the reduced circumstances of parishioners owing to the famine. It is estimated at €150-€200.

The brimful of interest to collectors and bibliophiles sale is on view at Ormonde Hotel from 12.30pm to 6.30pm tomorrow and from 10.30am to 7pm on Monday.


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