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    Saturday, June 1st, 2024

    A Still Life by Graham Knuttel at the Purple Onion gallery at Lismore Antiques Fair.

    There is everything from antique furniture, art and jewellery to porcelain, vintage fashion and collectibles at the two day Bank Holiday weekend Lismore Opera Festival antiques and vintage fair today and tomorrow (June 1 and 2).   Fairs are for browsing and discovering new areas of interest and this one offers much to hold the attention of all sorts of collectors. Choices range from Knocknagow by Charles Kickham at Jim Hyde books, a still life by Graham Knuttel at The Purple Onion Gallery, exotic hats at Eily Henry’s vintage collection, a c1830 William IV Irish work table by Butlers, beautiful porcelain at Brian Hurley’s stand, coins and banknotes and even a Christian Dior plaster mannequin from 1946 at Le Belle Epoque. 

    Brian Hurley will bring this decorated Booths china dish to the Lismore Antiques Fair.


    Saturday, March 16th, 2024
    A dramatic Irish weatherscape by Camille Seaman

    St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland and if you drive to Limerick racecourse today and tomorrow you can hunt for all sorts of treasures on this long weekend of national celebration.  There will be dear little shamrocks and plenty of other expensive baubles too. With its ample parking and ease of access Limerick Racecourse has proved itself to be an ideal venue for this extensive quarterly National Antiques, Art and Vintage.  With its antique shops, art galleries and vintage dealers this one will welcome a selection of new dealers along with members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association and regulars like Eily Henry with vintage fashion, Weldons with collectible silver and jewellery and Treasures with Irish art. Newcomers like Rory O’Hanlon will offer a selection of metal objects in brass and bronze along with watches and Gloria Neumann offers antique furniture, porcelain and glass. The Purple Onion Gallery will bring dramatic work by acclaimed American photographer Camille Seaman who lived near Kilkee, Co. Clare for a few years. The national antique fair is a fully indoor event where you can expect the unexpected and even get a new collecting habit underway.  Anyone for some colourful Murano or militaria?

    A vintage headpiece 


    Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
    A selection of wine glasses c1740-1758

    Among many treasures at the National Antiques, Art and Vintage fair at Limerick Racecourse on March 16 and 17 are these 18th century wine glasses. They will be on the stand of Norman Allison from Annamoe Antiques of Co. Wicklow, who will bring a selection including Oriental rugs and carpets, Chinese bronze vases and antique furniture. All the wine glasses pictured here have engraved scenes but what is most remarkable to contemporary eyes is their capacity, or lack of it. Wine glasses have been getting bigger and bigger over the centuries as the world has become wealthier and more wine is being produced in more places. There will be plenty of scope at this upcoming fair – billed as Ireland’s largest – for a little bit of whatever you fancy yourself.


    Thursday, November 16th, 2023
    A c1780 Irish side chair

    All roads lead to Limerick this weekend for the National Antique Fair at Limerick Racecourse. Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on November 18 and 19. There will be more than 80 dealers in attendance showing everything from Irish art and antique furniture to vintage fashion, jewellery, accessories and a wide range of collectibles. Robin O’Donnell will display the late 18th century Irish chair pictured above.


    Saturday, September 9th, 2023
    This oil by John Frederick Herring senior will be at Conal Meyler’s stand at the National Antique Fair in Limerick today and tomorrow.

    In terms of antiques, vintage and collectible items Limerick has it all this weekend.  Whether you choose to walk, drive, canter or gallop to Limerick Racecourse it is the place to be for an enormous indoor gathering of the Irish antique trade.Despite the size of the facility organiser Robin O’Donnell has been forced to limit dealer attendance as he is inundated with requests from people wanting to be part of it.The racecourse has proven to be an ideal venue for Ireland’s biggest antiques, art and vintage fair, extremely popular with both dealers and the public.  This is the fourth two day event to be held here by Hibernian Antique Fairs. This time around around 80 dealers will be in attendance.There will be some new faces present at a fair offering a vast range spanning everything from art and antique furniture to jewellery, sculpture, silver, vintage fashion and accessories, glass, porcelain, vintage toys, coins, banknotes, militaria and all sorts of other collectibles.Fairs are the go to place when shopping for antiques.  It is very difficult to maintain an antique shop and the cost of overheads has led to closures.  Retail is struggling in our era.Robin O’Donnell has been running these events since 1988.  The first one was at the former Jurys Hotel on the Ennis Road.  Later it moved to the former Limerick Inn also on the Ennis Road then to the South Court Hotel. There is room for expansion at Limerick Racecourse where upper floors could be made available.  This is likely to be  something that someone younger will have to take on.  New blood is needed to sell old stuff. Robin O’Donnell reckons the time is right for a new generation to bring it to the next level.Treasures Irish Art of Athlone will be among a number of dealers showing art and sculpture, there are various antique furniture specialists and no shortage of jewellery, silver, old Irish glass, porcelain and collectibles as well as Rolex watches, vintage fashion, hats and accessories.  It is a fair with something for everyone with a tremendous range of items across varying price brackets available all weekend.  Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.

    Some opal rings among the baubles at Courtville Antiques


    Saturday, August 5th, 2023
    A vintage Chinese floor vase with hardwood stand

    All the fun of the antique fair moves to the midlands this August Bank Holiday.  Hibernian Antique Fairs, on a reduced schedule this year, will be packed to the rafters with dealers from all over the country at the County Arms Hotel in Birr on August 7 and 8.  More than 30 dealers from all corners of Ireland will be in attendance with everything from antique furniture, art, jewellery, costume jewellery, gold, silver, glass, rugs, coins and banknotes and collectibles. All sorts of treasures to cherish are just waiting to be found.  If you happen to be on the look out for a statement piece then how about a six foot tall mid century Chinese floor vase on its own hardwood stand.  Annamoe Antiques has one in perfect condition with hand painted bird scenes in a landscape. Something smaller?  How about a rare collection of 19th century  enamel and silver Vesta cases by Samson and Morden at Treasures Irish Art of Athlone.

    Costume jewellery

    Wendys Way of Life will bring a selection of costume jewellery at very affordable prices.  They could be stored in a Killarney bog oak trinket box which Robert Delahunty will have available.  He will also bring a silver mounted snuff mull, one of many reminders of the rare old times in Birr right now. The fair coincides with Birr Vintage Week – up and running until August 12 –  now one of Ireland’s longest running festivals in its 55th years with its own claim to be truly vintage.  Right now the Co. Offaly town is awash with exhibitions, music, theatre, street theatre, pop up performers, workshops and exhibitions.

    At the fair you could opt for anything artistic from a metal horse and rider to  paintings by artists like Graham Knuttel and James Brohan to Art Deco figures and Tiffany style lamps at Raymond Byrne’s stand. There will be vintage and antique handwoven Persian rugs and runners and a wonderful collection of Hardy’s fly fishing reels and rods among a very wide range that includes clocks, portrait miniatures, brass bound buckets and lots of different items of the type that add individual style to the homes of collectors big and small.  The climate is changing but for this holiday weekend at least it is set to fair in Birr.

     A metal horse and rider 


    Monday, March 13th, 2023

    A 1798 Cork City Militia gold medal will be among the real rarities at the indoor National Antique, Art and Vintage Fair at Limerick Racecourse on March 18/19.  As well as all its other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Limerick will be the venue for this antique crowd pulling event, a mecca for collectors and dealers of every type. The Cork Militia speak to an unhappy history as they were heavily and cruelly involved in putting down the 1798 Rebellion.  They were, in fact, a sort of 18th century Black and Tan group, recruited from jails and known to commit acts of torture on their prisoners.  In this regard the North Cork Militia achieved a particular notoriety.  The particular medal at the fair was awarded to a member of the Cork City Militia.

    On foot of the move to Limerick Racecourse last year, with ample parking and plenty of display space, this ever popular antique fair – on the go now for 35 years – has grown even bigger.  Organiser Robin O’Donnell claims that it will be the biggest collection of dealers ever assembled in Ireland.


    Saturday, January 21st, 2023
    A selection of vintage designer items from Wendy’s Way of Life

    The going looks good at Limerick Racecourse this weekend. Hibernian Antique Fairs hit Limerick Racecourse have once again hit the home turf. The racecourse has proven an ideal venue for dealers from all over the country and the public alike. This January event is the biggest yet. A particularly large display of jewellery from vintage to high end with traders from Ireland and Northern Ireland, including a number of members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association, is on display. Prices at Wendy’s Way of Life, a new dealer whose wares have proved very popular, range from €50-€400. Or how about passenger chairs from the RMS Celtic with ran aground off Roches Point in 1928.  Dealer Norman Allison will offer a pair of original condition chairs with no repairs or faults on cast iron bases bolted to the floor. Among a number of new dealers Jim Halpin of the Listowel Military and Historical Museum will be showing and selling for the first time.  This is a fair to savour at leisure, full of quirky, rare and unusual items of interest to all sorts of collectors. There will be antique furniture, Irish art, glass, silver, jewellery, vintage fashion, coins, banknotes, militaria and a large selection of collectibles to be seen and enjoyed.


    Friday, January 20th, 2023
    Vintage black wool hat with pearls and gold tone pin

    You can find all kinds of everything at the National Antique and Vintage Fair at Limerick Racecourse this weekend. Like this vintage hat which Elly Henry, who specialises in antique and vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery, will bring to the fair. There will be antique furniture, jewellery, art, vintage collectibles, coins, bank notes, even a wooden toboggan. Limerick Racecourse has proven to be a great venue for this event, which promises to be a major crowd puller.


    Monday, August 1st, 2022
    Wendy’s Way of Life will present this selection at Birr Vintage Week antique and art fair

    The Birr Vintage Week antique and art fair takes place at the County Arms Hotel on August 1 and 2. There will be around 30 dealers in attendance from all over Ireland at this Hibernian Antiques Fair event.  Among those showing for the first time is Wendy Boonstra who has moved to Ireland from Holland.  Wendy’s Way of Life specialises in Italian and French costume jewellery.