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  • ORIGINAL COPY OF THE IRISH PROCLAMATION MAKES 55,000 AT MEALY’S

    This copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic made 55,000 at Mealys. (Click on image to enlarge).

    A rare and original copy of the 1916 Irish Proclamation made 55,000 at Mealy’s rare book sale in Dublin on December 13. ┬áThe copy, with a piece torn away from the third paragraph, had been damaged when it was removed from a hoarding. It has been professionally restored. It had been posted in North King St. beside the Four Courts.

    It was removed by Murty Tubridy from Co. Clare, a volunteer who was grazed in the ear while defending his post nearby. He was taken to the Richmond Hospital, but was advised to decamp if mobile as the hospital was to be raided.

    About 1,000 copies of the Proclamation were printed. It is reckoned that no more than 40 or 50 originals survived. This one came by direct descent through Murty Tubridy’s family. It was bought by a private Irish purchaser.

    This was the top lot in a sale which brought in more than 500,000 and was 82 per cent sold.

    See post on antiquesandartireland.com for December 8.

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