Bloody Sunday football set to fetch €12,000

A FOOTBALL thought to be from the ‘Bloody Sunday’ Croke Park game between Tipperary and Dublin in 1920 is just one of the items set to make thousands of euro at Mealy’s and Adam’s auctioneers Independence Sale.

All of the 630 items for auction next Tuesday relate to the Irish struggle for freedom. Lots include many rare items such as photographs of volunteer activities and republican leaders, posters relating to Home Rule, as well as various newspapers and medals, many of which were previously unseen or recently rediscovered.

Among the gems being auctioned is a laced leather football believed to be from the infamous game when in a pivotal moment in GAA and Irish history, British forces opened fire on the crowd killing 14 civilians, including the captain of the Tipperary football team, Michael Hogan after which the Hogan Stand was subsequently named.

The killings were in retaliation for the murder of 14 of the 18 members of the British agents of the Cairo Gang earlier that day.

The football is expected to make between e8,000 and e12,000.

Also up for sale is an original copy of the Proclamation of Independence owned by Rory O’Connor. Originals are expected to number only 40 or 50.

However, copies owned by people who were in the GPO in 1916 are even rarer still, with only three known copies in existence.

A little over six years after he gave his allegiance to the Proclamation and just short of his 40th birthday, O’Connor was killed by firing squad on the order of Kevin O’Higgins, for whom he had acted as best man at his wedding.

O’Connor’s copy of the Proclamation is expected to make between e250,000 and e350,000.

Other interesting items included in the sale is a ticket from the ‘Bloody Sunday’ game and a bullet removed from Harry Boland at St Vincent’s Hospital.

“The people who buy these items are passionate about Irish history. The trend is that 98% of the items are bought by people in Ireland whereas much of the material tends to come from abroad,” Adams’ spokesman Kieran O’Boyle said.

Mr O’Boyle said he was uncertain whether the GAA were interested in buying the football but said interest may be shown in the coming days.

The items are available for viewing at James Adam’s salesrooms on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin from Saturday until Monday.

The auction will take place on Tuesday at 11am.

More in this section