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GAA 1885-86: Championship Medals, won by J. Hennessy for 3 and 7
mile walk
Pair of scarce and early Gaelic Athletic Association Championship Medals
awarded in the first and second year of the Association‘s existence. Both
won by J. Hennessy, the first for the 3 Mile Walk, 1885 the second for
the 7 Mile Walk, 1886. Attractive white metal medals, the obverse
decorated with Gaelic symbolism and motifs, the reverse with a
shamrock bearing the names of Dr. Croke, Davitt and Parnell and
inscribed with details of the race and recipient. (2 items)
1,000 (£667-£833 approx)
1893: GAA All Ireland Football Championship Medal won by Wexford
in extraordinary circumstances
Hallmarked gold medal awarded to Michael Curran of Young Irelands.
Engraved “GAA. all Ireland Football Championship Won By Wexford
1893” to reverse and “M. Curran” in circular cartouche to obverse.
The 1893 final was played in June 1894 between Young Irelands,
Wexford and Dromtariffe of Cork. The final was without doubt was one
of the most unusual in the history of the association. The match was
arranged to be played at Ashtown near the Phoenix Park but the pitch
was unplayable, described by the
Wexford Independent
at the time as “a
graveyard overgrown with grass...” The crowd of approximately 2,000,
which had come to see the game made their way to the polo pitch in
the nearby Phoenix Park in hope that the game could take place there.
The polo pitch, however, had no markings or goalposts that were suitable
for a football match, but ingenuity triumphed and city drivers placed
their jaunting cars at intervals around the pitch while the people in
between the cars acted as the boundary lines. When the match finally
did get underway the Young Irelands went into an early lead with the
benefit of the hill. The second half saw Cork disallowed a goal and “a
Cork man swooped down on Paddy Curran who was bending over the
ball and gave him an open kick in the face which turned his left eye out
of his head...”. This led to a mass invasion of the pitch and after the
Dublin referee did eventually restore order and asked the teams to
replace their casualties, the Cork team refused to return to the pitch
handing the title to Wexford with a winning score of 1-1 to 0-2. A hard-
earned and scarce medal. For more information see
The Wexford Hurling
& Football Bible 1887-2008
by Dominic Williams. 1.25 x 1in. (3.18 x
10,000 (£6,667-£8,333 approx)
GAA 1894 Football challenge medal won by Monasterevan
Hallmarked 9ct gold by Moore & Co. Grafton Street. An early GAA medal
inscribed on the reserve “Football Challenge, 1894, Monasterevan v
Queens County, won by Monasterevan, W. Kennedy”. An interesting
brooched medal. 1.40 x 1.40in. (3.56 x 3.56cm)
400 (£250-£333 approx)
GAA 1909-1958: Prize medals including Leinster Colleges medal
1957-8 Leinster Colleges Senior Football Championship medal awarded
to St. Joseph’s Fairview. Also 1909 Inter Championship medal, 1934
medal awarded to St. Pauls. Early GAA medal with no inscription by Egan
of Cork. Harp pin back badge inscribed S.P.S. (5 items)
150 (£83-£125 approx)
GAA 1914: Dublin Senior Football Championship medal awarded to
Hallmarked 9ct gold. Dublin Senior Football Championship medal in the
usual form for this period with hallmarks and makers marks to reverse.
This Geraldines team won three titles in four years between 1914 and
1917. 1.50 x 1.50in. (3.81 x 3.81cm)
500 (£250-£417 approx)
GAA 1968 La Touche Cup winners medal
Hallmarked silver. An attractive medal decorated with shamrocks, harp
and football. Engraved and hallmarked on reverse. 1.50 x 1.50in. (3.81 x
70 (£42-£58 approx)
GAA Collection of Irish Press hurling photographs
Including National League, An t-Oireachtas, ‘Tipperary v Rest of Ireland’,
Railway Cup Croke Park finals, camogie etc. (64 items)
300 (£167-£250 approx)
GAA Collection of Irish Press photographs
Large selection of photographs by the Irish Press. Including Croke Park
finals, Munster Senior Finals, Football League, Railway Cup, Congress etc.
(70 items)
300 (£167-£250 approx)
Soccer: 1922 I.R.A. Benefit Match medal awarded to Fairview Celtic
An unusual and interesting football medal with Celtic motif design.
Hallmarked Dublin silver and inscribed on reverse “D. Head I.R.A. Benefit
Match 1922/Winners/Fairview” and subsequently engraved underneath
“C.B.”. ‘D. Head’ possibly referring to Dublin Headquarters.
400 (£250-£333 approx)
Soccer: 1958 Manchester United ‘Busby Babes’ autographs
Collection of Manchester United autographs on a single page within an
autograph book with many of the ‘Busby Babes’ including Eddie Colman,
David Pegg, Mark Jones, Jackie Blanchflower, John Doherty etc. 4.25 x
6.50in. (10.80 x 16.51cm)
400 (£250-£333 approx)
Soccer 1966 (7 December) European Nations Qualifier, Spain v
Republic of Ireland, poster
Scarce Spanish colour poster printed in Valencia advertising the
qualifying match between Spain and Ireland in December 1966. 25 x
17in. (63.50 x 43.18cm)
250 (£167-£208 approx)
Soccer 1970s-2000s: Collection of Manchester United players’
Collection of 50 cards, letters and photographs signed by well known
Manchester United players. Including Fabien Barthez, David Beckham,,
Jesper Blomqvist, Mark Bosnich, Wes Brown, Steve Bruce, Nicky Butt,
Andy Cole, Steve Coppell, Jordi Cruyff, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Ferguson,
Diego Forlan, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Denis Irwin, Andre Kanchelskis,
Roy Keane, Lou Macari, Kevin Moran, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ruud van
Nistlerooy, Bryan Robson,Paddy Roche, Louis Saha, Edwin van der Saar,
Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, Jap Stam etc.
400 (£292-£333 approx)