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    A memorial card seeking prayers for Irishmen executed in 1916. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 50 AT HAMMER.

    A 1916 letter from the Home Office about an application to visit Terence MacSwiney in prison. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 450.

    THE centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising is fast approaching. Items relating to those turbulent times are appearing more and more at auction. A collection at Hegarty’s sale in Bandon in west Cork on February 19 features everything from a letter from the Home Office at Whitehall in London on July 21, 1916 regarding a request for a prison visit to a commemorative joint remembrance card requesting prayers for named Irishmen executed by English law in 1916. As Lord Mayor of Cork Terence MacSwiney died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in October 1920. The collection comprises 30 lots and is estimated to make between 10,000 and 20,000.
    The auction of 250 lots will include antique furniture, Irish silver, jewellery, netsuke, books, clocks and paintings. The catalogue is on-line.

    UPDATE:  The letters made strong prices. A 1916 letter from Terence MacSwiney in prison to Pauline Henley sold for 2,950. A six page letter from Terence MacSwiney’s sister Annie dated August 28, 1920 and detailing his health whilst on hunger strike sold for 2,450.

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