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    Sunday, September 16th, 2018

    A rare Mitchell’s Old Irish Whiskey advertising mirror depicting Lismore Castle will come up at Victor Mee’s advertising and pub memorabilia sale in Co. Cavan on September 19.  It is from the Crotty family of Lismore who have held the piece for at least four generations.

    It remained for generations on the wall of the family bar until the pub’s closure in the 1960s. The mirror’s original owner, Thomas Crotty, passed away in July 1902.

    “This unique piece was the only item kept from the family’s original bar, so clearly it has been cherished by the family throughout the years,” said auctioneer Victor Mee.

    “It will be to their benefit that the piece was so well looked after and kept close to the family for these years.”  He has valued it at 5,000-7,000 and reckons that due to its age, good condition and rarity it could make more.


    Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

    Niall Mullen pictured with the bronze doorrs Howl At The Moon Photo:Michael Donnelly.

    Some of the biggest names in the pub and hospitality industry turned up at the Victor Mee auction at Killenard, Co. Laois  as 1,500 items from Dublin entertainment venue Howl at the Moon came under the hammer. A pair of Game of Thrones-style bronze doors from the central Dublin nightclub made 12,500 – four times the top estimate. A two-metre square French chandelier made 2,800.

    “The competition in the room and online sparked several bidding wars with items starting in low hundreds and ending up at four figures,” said auction organiser Niall Mullen, who was delighted that the bronze doors were staying in the country. The calibre of bidder shows that the entertainment industry is back in buying mood, with many items making well above previous levels.”

    The auction continues today Tuesday with the entire contents of the private members club Residence including bars, mirrors, glassware and furniture, historical items from Clery’s and lots from the Shelbourne Hotel.


    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
    More than 3000 interiors lots will come under the hammer at a two day sale by Victor Mee Auctioneers in partnerhip with Niall Mullen at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois on March 5 and 6.  The sale will feature contents from iconic Dublin nightspots Howl at the Moon and the Residence Club. It also features documentation from Clerys including the original cheques from the sale of shares in the historic department store building.  There is also refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel and more than 200 items of Irish folk and pub memorabilia including a restored original Irish phone box from Westmeath.

    “There is a gorgeously opulent and eclectic look to the pieces from Howl at the Moon,” Niall Mullen said.  The nightclub had a major fit out in 2001 by publican Liam O’Dwyer. “Howl’s spectacular five-star furnishings include a two metre by two metre French chandelier, four full-size alabaster pillars, original works by artist Patrick O’Reilly, life-size bronze statues, two full-size bronze doors, a grand piano and a unique collection of Irish whiskey” he said.

    “The Clerys collection is of immense interest, as along with Denis Guiney’s original £241,000 cheque to purchase the entire share capital of Clery and Company in 1941, it includes old photographs, office journals and store record books going back 150 years. There is a beautiful selection of original refurbished furniture from the Shelbourne Hotel, and among the 150 pieces are some striking French bronze chandeliers. We also have the entire contents of the renowned private members club Residence, including the bars, mirrors, glassware and every item of their classic, yet contemporary, styled furniture”.

    Items from the interior of the Residence Club in Dublin

    A two metre tall chandelier from Howl At The Moon
    Pic: Paul Sherwood