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    Thursday, December 7th, 2023
    Admission Ticket to Croke Park, Great Challenge Match (Football), Tipperary v. Dublin, Bloody Sunday, November 21,1920. UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,000 AT HAMMER

    Viewing is now underway in Castlecomer for Fonsie Mealy’s Christmas rare book and collector’s sale on December 12 and 13. This rare Croke Park 1920 admission ticket is highly collectible. The period from 1918 – 1920 was a turbulent and dangerous time in Ireland. It was at this match that British soldiers opened fire on the pitch and crowd, killing a player and twelve spectators. This followed Michael Collins’ operation against British secret service agents earlier that morning, in which fourteen British officers were shot dead. The ticket is estimated at €4,000-€5,000. There are many rare and collectible items on offer in this auction of 1,019 lots which will get underway each day at 10.30 am. The catalogue is online.


    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

    A match ticket to the fatal Bloody Sunday game at Croke Park in 1920 sold for a hammer price of 7,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s collectors sale on March 3. It had been estimated at 2,000-3,000 and after competitive internet bidding it went to a buyer in Ireland. Shootings at the game followed the early morning assassination of eleven British Intelligence Agents, “The Cairo Gang,” in an operation organised by Michael Collins. The British retaliated later that day at Croke Park. Military and Auxiliary Forces fired into the a crowd indiscriminately, killing twelve people and wounding about sixty. A total of 73 issues of Limerick War News, later the South Western Command War News from July to October 1922 sold for 6,500 at hammer. This is one of the rarest of all Civil War journals.

    De luxe edition of the Harry Potter series aroused much interest. A first edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets signed by J.K. Rowling made 5,000 at hammer; a signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban made 4,800 and a signed de luxe edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone made 4,000.

    The sale realised 220,000 on the hammer.