His­tory and sport col­lectibles set to score at two sales

Des O’sul­li­van on an eclec­tic mix of mem­o­ra­bilia for all types of fans

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Antiques And Fine Art -

Babe Ruth, Christy Ring, JRR Tolkien and the com­mon­place book of Fr Thomas Oke­effe, PP at the South Parish in Cork from 1829 to 1847, all fea­ture at Fon­sie Mealy’s Rare Book and Col­lec­tors’ sale at the Or­monde Ho­tel, Kilkenny at 10.30am next Wed­nes­day.

Among more than 800 lots there is sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing a base­ball bat given­by­baberuthtofrank Mcgrath, man­ager of the Tip­per­ary team on their visit to the US in 1926, and a sou­venir pro­gramme for the open­ing of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953, signed by Christy Ring.

A rare 1937 first edi­tion of The Hob­bit in good con­di­tion is es­ti­mated at €20,000€30,000.

There is a first edi­tion of The Dark signed by John Mcga­h­ern and the first Amer­i­can edi­tion of My Left Foot by Christy Brown.

The com­mon­place book by Fr O’ke­effe, friend of the sculp­tor John Ho­gan, (a re­mark­able ex­am­ple of whose work ex­ists in the South Parish Church), of­fers jot­tings, ser­mons, an al­pha­bet­i­cal list of Cork streets ac­cord­ing to parish, and a draft to the in­tro­duc­tion of the poems of Jeremiah Joseph Cal­lanan (1795-1892).

The sale is on view from 1 pm to 6pm on Mon­day and from 10am to 5.30pm on Tues­day.

■ Mean­time, Shep­pard’s in Dur­row will have an Ir­ish his­tory sale ti­tled ‘Revo­lu­tion’ next Thurs­day. It will fea­ture 68 lots of artefacts, let­ters and me­men­toes of the Ir­ish Revo­lu­tion and be­yond. A pre­vi­ously un­known let­ter writ­ten by Kevin Barry to Dr De­nis J Cof­fey, first Pres­i­dent of UCD, is es­ti­mated at €20,000€30,000.

Writ­ten in Moun­tjoy Prison on the eve of his ex­e­cu­tion it says: “Do not worry too much about me, I will be go­ing to a much bet­ter place” and asks his fel­low med­i­cal stu­dents to say a prayer for him.

There is also a pho­to­graph of Michael Collins aged 12 and it it is in­scribed on the back: “Michael Collins age 12, Wood­field, Clon­akilty in the for­mal gar­dens of the Ur­su­line Sis­ters, 1902.”

Lots on of­fer range from a pho­to­graph of the As­gard off Howth to an RIC We­b­ley re­volver, to a hymn book for the Eu­charis­tic Congress in Dublin in 1932.

Viewing is from 10am to 5pm daily from to­mor­row and the sale is at 10.30am on Thurs­day.

A let­ter writ­ten in Moun­tjoy Prison on the eve of his ex­e­cu­tion by Kevin Barry at Shep­pards.

A pro­gramme for the open­ing of the new Glen Rovers club in 1953 signed by Christy Ring at Fon­sie Mealy’s sale in Kilkenny.

A 1902 pho­to­graph of Michael Collins aged 12 at Shep­pards in Dur­row.

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