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    COLLINS LETTER TO KITTY KIERNAN AT SOTHEBY’S, NEW YORK

    Saturday, April 15th, 2017

    “Ireland will have cause to remember her present day extremists” the Irish patriot Michael Collins wrote with considerable prescience to his fiancé Kitty Kiernan on June 1, 1922 during the Treaty negotiations. The letter is part of an extensive archive of Easter Rising material due to come up at Sotheby’s in New York on April 24. They were to have been married the following November. Just over two months later he was shot dead at Beal na mBlath in Co. Cork. Lot 89 in the sale of the Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III) relates to the Easter Rising and the Irish Rebellion.

    It comprises 22 pamphlets and books, eight broadsides and handbills and about about 28 autograph items from Dublin and London from 1910 to 1925.  There are two letters to Kitty Kiernan, dated March 31 and June 1, 1922 when Collins was part of the Irish delegation negotiating the Treaty. In March he wrote:  “We came to an agreement on certain things with Craig yesterday – I am not very sanguine about the future from any point of view. We have however secured release of all the prisoners…. but the news from Ireland is very bad and the “powers that be” here are getting very alarmed that there may be a bust up at any moment.  Were it not for the awful consequences I’d almost welcome it…. yet one has the responsibility. It would be cowardly to shirk from standing up to it. The whole business is casting a gloom over me and in spite of what is a big human hope I cannot  keep thinking that as a people we are destined to go on dreaming, vainly hoping, striving to no purpose until we are all gone”.

    On June I he reported to his fiancé:  “Things have got very much worse overnight & I am looking forward now to my last appointment with them.  I’m returning tonight no matter what happens as I feel I can do no more good here.  Ireland will have cause to remember her present day extremists. The whole thing is ghastly but I’ll tell you more about it when I see you. It was only after my scribble yesterday I heard about Joe McGuinnesses death. He is a great loss to us but apart from that I feel the personal loss more keenly. He was the one most responsible for the recent peace. It makes the present position all the more tragic”.
    Lot 89 contains a copy of the Proclamation, two copies of the Irish War News and letters and signatures of Charles Stewart Parnell, de Valera, Childers, McBride,  WT Cosgrave, The O’Rahilly, Kevin O’Higgins, Desmond FitzGerald and others. There is a souvenir programme of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa to Glasnevin Cemetery in August 1915 and Eamon de Valera’s copy of Frank Gallagher’s The Invisible Island:  The History of Partition in Ireland, London ,1958 signed and dated May 3, 1958 by de Valera. The lot is estimated at $7,000-10,000.

    Letters from Michael Collins addressed to Miss Kitty Kiernan, Granard, Co. Longford

    The archive of material relating to the Easter Rising

    A 1922 LETTER OF APPEAL TO IRISH AMERICANS FROM MICHAEL COLLINS

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.

    The Michael Collins letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A February 1922 letter from Michael Collins to the Editor of the Boston Globe appealing for support from Irish Americans comes up at the History sale at James Adam in Dublin on April 19. Written on the notepaper of the Provisional Government it mentions Collins’ relatives in Boston, and the liberality of friends of Ireland in Boston in supporting the Irish struggle for Independence with money. ‘Now that Freedom is on the eve of attainment I ask through the ‘Boston Globe’ on behalf of the Provisional Government, that they be equally liberal with their sympathy and patience, thus assisting us in restoring to the people of Ireland control of their own destinies” the letter goes on.  It is estimated at 12,000-15,000.   The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    ATRICK PEARSE Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)

    PATRICK PEARSE
    Collection of booklets including An Macaomh, Poems, The Spiritual Nation, The Murder Machine, The Separist Idea (150-250)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 80 AT HAMMER

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER'S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become "Amhrán na bhFiann" (1,500-2,000)

    KEARNEY (PEADAR), THE SOLDIER’S SONG, FIRST EDITION WITH MUSIC
    Four printed pages, in two parts, 31 x 24cm approx.. Written in 1909-1910 by Peadar Kearney, music by Paddy Heaney and arrangement by Cathal MacDubhgall. Later to become “Amhrán na bhFiann” (1,500-2,000)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)

    A $10 REPUBLICAN BOND CERTIFICATE, ISSUED JANUARY 21ST 1920 BY DE VALERA, President of the Elected Government of the Republic of Ireland, to Lucille Gallagher, No. 149790 (200-400)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 350 AT HAMMER.

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL - LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)

    ALL IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL MEDAL – LOUTH 1910 (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)

    A 1919-21 WAR OF INDEPENDENCE MEDAL, with Comrac Bar, black and tan ribbon and clasp bar (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 300 AT HAMMER

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800)

    IRISH WAR NEWS. THE IRISH REPUBLIC. VOL. 1 NO. 1 DUBLIN, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1916 (600-800) UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER

    SOME SURPRISES AT MEALY’S MID-SUMMER SALE

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Nearly every auction springs some surprises and Mealy’s mid summer sale of 600 lots in Castlecomer this week was no exception. The top lot was the magnificent Donegal Carpet commissioned half a century ago for New Ireland Assurance in Dublin which sold for 18,000 at hammer.  No surprises here.  More surprising was the 5,250 hammer price for a bronze figure of Michael Collins in uniform by J. Flynn. Just under 28″ tall it had been estimated at 1,500-2,500.  Lot 277, an unusual Famille Rose wall pocket in the shape of a vase – estimated at 200-300 – sold for 4,600 on the hammer and lot 601, a Doulton stoneware oil lamp with an estimate of 250-350 made 1,955 on the hammer. The auction was 71% sold and brought in 205,000 on the hammer. One major lot which failed to fine a buyer, a 19th century Irish granite fountain, is likely to be sold privately.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for July 11 and July 8, 2015).

    This bronze of Michael Collins by J. Flynn sold for 5,250 over an estimate of 1,500-2,500.

    This bronze of Michael Collins by J. Flynn sold for 5,250 over an estimate of 1,500-2,500.

    An unusual Doulton stoneware oil lamp made 1,955 at hammer.

    An unusual Doulton stoneware oil lamp made 1,955 at hammer.

    This Famille Rose wall pocket sold for 4,600.

    This Famille Rose wall pocket sold for 4,600.