14 March 2009

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1843. Loyal National Repeal Association of Ireland. Membership card  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1152

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: recess printed by Holbrooke, Crow St., Dublin
  • Dimensions: 14 by 19cm., 5.5 by 7.5in.
  • Signatory Thomas Matthew Ray (1801-81) was on a charge of indictment to conspiracy in the case of the Queen along with Daniel O'Connell and Charles Gavan Duffy in Spring of 1843. The Repeal Movement was instigated by O’Connell following the success of Catholic Emancipation in 1829. The Loyal National Repeal Association was formed from the Repeal Association founded in 1840. The aim of the association was to repeal the union between Britain and Ireland and establish an Irish Parliament, under the Crown. It cost one shilling to become a member of the Repeal Association, or one penny a month subscription, which bought Associate membership and became known as the repeal rent. The Association was firmly under the control of Daniel O'Connell, who addressed its meetings, bringing forward his argument that only a native Irish Parliament under the Crown would bring the measures necessary to change the conditions of everyday life in Ireland about. However it wasn’t until the introduction of ‘Monster Meetings’ that the Association reached its zenith comprising some 40,000 members in the early 1840s

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1844. Loyal National Repeal Association Membership card  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1153

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: recess printed
  • Provenance: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy; Thence by descent and then by bequest to the present owner
  • Unissued. "[name] Having paid One Shilling is enrolled as a Repealer." Printed signature of "Thos. Matw. Ray, secretary". Scarce.

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1845. The Meath Herald and Cavan Advertiser (2 issues) and Weekly Freeman 1903-11 (5 issues)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1154

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €200


1847. The Nation weekly newspaper. June to December 1847 complete, also 1885 and 1889 January to December  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1155

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €540

  • Medium: bound volumes (3)
  • Dimensions: 46 by 30cm., 18 by 12in.
  • Including news of elections, potato crop failure, O'Connell, Parnell, Land League etc. The Nation was an Irish nationalist weekly newspaper, published in the 19th century. It was founded in 1842 by Charles Gavan Duffy, who was its first editor, along with Thomas Davis and John Dillon. Later John Mitchel was a leader writer. The paper was radical liberal and nationalist and was closely associated with the failed 1848 Insurrection, for which Dillon was sentenced to death (but the sentence was later commuted). In 1900 it merged with The Weekly Independent.

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1844 (March to September) The Nation weekly newspaper, with news of Daniel O'Connell's imprisonment etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1156

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €150


19th Century God Save Ireland, Erin go Bragh embroidered flag  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1157

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €420


Autograph Collection in scrapbook including letters from Cardinal Newman, Victor Hugo, Thomas Moore, William O'Brien, Charles Gavan Duffy, John Dillon etc  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1158

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • The letter from Gavan Duffy is to Thomas McNeice announcing Thomas Davis' death. Also includes membership cards of the Irish Alliance, Volunteers of 1782 Revival, Loyal National Repeal Association etc.

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1864-1891. Police Gazette or Hue and Cry, "Published for Ireland every Tuesday and Friday".  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1159

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2100

  • Medium: letterpress
  • Dimensions: 43 by 28cm., 17 by 11in.
  • A good run of this most useful reference work. Includes police notices crime reports, "wanted" notices etc. The period covers the Fenian Rising, Land League, Boycott, Phoenix Park Menders, poor to good. (1500 approx)

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1865-67 Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Twenty Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1162

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 17 by 27cm., 6.8 by 10.5in.
  • Rare issued note to Jeremiah O'Brien, dated 9 December 1865, signed John O'Mahony.These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67 Fenian Bonds. A very rare printers proof of the black plate for the Ten Dollars denomination  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1163

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 14 by 25cm., 5.5 by 10in.
  • These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67 Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Ten Dollars bond.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1164

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 14 by 25cm., 5.5 by 9.7in.
  • Rare issued note to Thomas Harper, dated 21 March 1866 and signed by John O'Mahony. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67 Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Ten Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1165

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 14 by 24cm., 5.5 by 9.5in.
  • Issued 21 March 1866, signed John O'Mahony. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67 Fenian Rising. Large size Irish Republic Ten Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1166

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €520

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 19 by 28cm., 7.5 by 11in.
  • Issued to John Mahan, 9 March 1966, signed John O'Mahony. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67. Fenian Rising. Republic of Ireland Ten Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1167

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 11 by 22cm., 4.3 by 8.5in.
  • Not issued by signed by John O'Mahony. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67. Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Five Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1168

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 8 by 20cm., 3.2 by 7.8in.
  • These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67. Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Five Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1169

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 9 by 22cm., 3.5 by 8.5in.
  • Printed issue date "17th March 1866" signed J O'Sullivan and John O'Mahony. With provinces and county names engraved all around the edge. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1865-67. Fenian Bond. The Irish Republic Five Dollars, issued  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1170

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €240

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 9 by 22cm., 3.5 by 8.5in.
  • Printed issue date "17th March 1866" signed J O'Sullivan and John O'Mahony. With provinces and county names engraved all around the edge. Toned. These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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The Gavan Duffy Archive of Photographs: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, George Gavan Duffy and Families.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1171

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500


CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY (1816-1903)
CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY (1816-1903)
 Irish School, circa 1840 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1172

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000


PORTRAIT OF LOUISE HALL, WIFE OF CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY, 1889
PORTRAIT OF LOUISE HALL, WIFE OF CHARLES GAVAN DUFFY, 1889
Kate Kennedy 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1173

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: pencil
  • Dimensions: 23 by 20cm., 9 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Charles Gavan Duffy; by descent and then bequest to the present owner
  • In 1842 Charles Gavan Duffy (1816-1903) married Emily McLaughlin, who died in 1845. He married Susan Hughes in 1846, with whom he had six children. He married for a third time, in Paris in 1881, to Louise Hall, pictured here, and had four more children in his 70s.

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Charles Gavan Duffy, My Life in Two Hemispheres, The Patriot Parliament of 1689, A Short Life of Thomas Davis, Conversations with Carlyle, and others  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1174

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Also includes a collection of books by other members of the family including Susan, Thomas and Colm. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, (1816 – 9 February 1903) was born in Monaghan. He was one of the founders of The Nation and became its first editor, and was arrested and charged with sedition but acquitted on appeal. In1850 Duffy formed the Tenant Right League and in 1852 was elected MP for New Ross. In 1856, despairing of the prospects for Irish independence, he resigned from the House of Commons and emigrated with his family to Australia, where he became active in politics and was briefly Prime Minister of Victoria. He was knighted in 1873. One of his sons, son, George Gavan Duffy (born 1882) was an Irish politician and later (from 1936) a judge of the Irish High Court, becoming its President from 1946 until his death in 1951. Sir Charles Gavan Duffy died in Nice in 1903, aged 86. Susan (née Hughes) was his second wife, Thomas a son and Colm a grandson.

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1869 (1 December). Kingdom of Italy Certificate of Health for Charles Gavan Duffy "Inglese" (English) issued at Florence  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1175

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €150

  • Provenance: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy; Thence by descent and then by bequest to the present owner
  • Interesting document certifying that Gavan Duffy was free of cholera which was rampant in Italy at the time. Necessary to allow him to travel further.

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1883 (Feb. 16). Sir Charles Gavan Duffy letter to A.M. Sullivan MP congratulating him on his recent success in O'Brien's case  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1176

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €150

  • Medium: manuscript, 1p.
  • Dimensions: 20 by 12cm., 8 by 4.75in.
  • Provenance: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy; Thence by descent and then by bequest to the present owner
  • Interesting content, with referral also to the Fenian Rising of 1867. Accompanied by The Gavan Duffy Funeral Committee Address to the Irish People single printed sheet and a mimeographed "In memoriam" verse by Nora Chesson, Westminster Gazette, February 1903. (3 items)

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1868-1880. Alexander M. Sullivan QCMP, correspondence to his daughter Annie  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1177

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €420

  • Medium: manuscript, 2pp to 4pp. (21 letters)
  • Dimensions: 20 by 12cm., 7.75 by 4.75in.
  • Provenance: Annie Sullivan (Mrs Maurice Healy); by descent to Mrs George Gavan Duffy, her niece; thence by descent and bequest to the present owner
  • Much interesting content from this important figure in Irish political and legal life in the second half of the 19th century, from various addresses including the House of Commons and Richmond Bridewell, Dublin, where he was imprisoned Alexander Martin Sullivan (1830 - 17 October 1884) was a politician, lawyer and journalist from Bantry, County Cork, son of Daniel and Ann Sullivan, and brother to Timothy Daniel Sullivan, one time mayor of Dublin Entering into journalism in 1850, Sullivan became assistant-editor of the The Nation in 1855, and subsequently editor and proprietor. From 1861 to 1884 he made The Nation one of the most powerful promoters of Irish Nationalism. In 1874 he was elected MP for Louth, and later for Meath Called to the Irish bar in 1876, he was made Q.C. in 1881. Between the years 1878 and 1882 he was engaged in many notable trials. His last great case was on 30 November 1883 when he partnered Lord Russell in the defence of Patrick O'Donnell for the murder of James Carey, an informer. He was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery. He wrote two notable books, The Story of Ireland and New Ireland

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1856-74. Alexander M. Sullivan QC MP, distinguished Irish Nationalist, barrister and Publisher. An interesting correspondence with his brother and others including his brother-in-law Maurice Healy MP  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1178

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: manuscript, 4pp to 20pp each (4 letters) with a photograph
  • Dimensions: 19 by 11cm., 7.5 by 4.5in.
  • Provenance: A.M. Sullivan's daughter Margaret and her husband George Gavan Duffy; thence by descent and bequeathed to present owner
  • Much interesting content concerning his political and legal battles, especially his address to the House of Commons on 20 March 1874. Also included in this lot are Ireland at the Bar The State Trials of 1881 Speeches of AM Sullivan Esq MP and The Story of Ireland by AM Sullivan as well as a photograph (8 items).

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1870. Isaac Butt signature on photograph  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1179

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €30

  • Medium: carte de visite sepia photograph, framed with repro print
  • Dimensions: 10 by 6cm., 4 by 2.4in.
  • Isaac Butt (1813-1879) was the son of a Protestant rector, born in Co. Donegal. At the age of fifteen, after receiving secondary education in Cork, Butt went to Trinity College where he co-founded the Dublin University Magazine and where he later became a professor of political economy. For much of his life Butt was a member of the Irish Conservative Party but he was also a distinguished politician, barrister, MP in the House of Commons of Great Britain and Ireland and the first leader and founder of a number of Irish nationalist parties and organizations, including the Irish Metropolitan Conservative Society in 1836, the Home Government Association in 1870 and in 1873 the Home Rule. Upon his death Butt was replaced within the Home Rule League by William Shaw, who was then later replaced by the more radical Charles Stewart Parnell in 1880

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Circa 1870. Protest against the British Government. Poster published by William Smith. Philadelphia  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1180

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: lithograph
  • Dimensions: 76 by 61cm., 30 by 24in.
  • Designed by Brightly, this rare American poster shows Emmett flanked by angels holding rolls of names of Irish patriots including, Mitchel, Meagher, O'Brien, Gavan Duffy etc. "From the commencement of British power...a line of tyrants has established and perpetrated...an aristocracy destructive...of the interests and social happiness of the people of Ireland".

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1879 (January to December) The Graphic, An illustrated weekly newspaper, London, much Irish interest  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1181

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €100


1880s Political cartoons from Weekly Independent, Weekly Freeman and St. Stephen's Review, including Parnell, Owen Roe and others.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1182

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: 


1883 (January to June) London Illustrated News, complete for period, including much of Irish interest.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1183

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €190


1875-1891: Commemorative Medals for O'Connell 1875, Parnell 1891 and 1898 Centenary of the Rebellion of 1798  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1184

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: white metal, two with green ribbons, and a copy photograph
  • Provenance: William Roantree, Leixlip; James Farrell, Leixlip; Thence to the present owner
  • William Roantree (1829-1918) was a colleague of John Devoy. He was arrested and tried in 1866 with the assistance of informers and the production in the trial of a photograph of himself foolishly posing with a revolver (a copy of which is enclosed with this lot). He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, was released under an amnesty in 1870 but was forced into exile in the USA. He returned to Ireland in 1902 and died in Dublin in 1918.

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Michael Davitt. Fine large portrait  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1185

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €520

  • Medium: monochrome photograph, framed
  • Dimensions: 55 by 42cm., 21.7 by 16.7in.
  • Michael Davitt (1846 –1906) was a fervent Irish republican, Home Rule politician and founder of the Irish National Land League. At the height of the famine, Davitt’s family fled from their native Mayo to set up a new life in England, however, years later, Davitt returned to Ireland with renewed interest in his Irish heritage and with radical views on land nationalism and Irish Independence. In 1865 Davitt joined that Irish Republican Brotherhood where he became involved in a variety of their activities which ultimately led to his arrest in 1870. while in custody Davitt wrote passionately in letters on the Irish struggle, many of which were read in Parliament and contributed to his successful release ‘on ticket of leave’ in 1877. Once released, Davitt joined forces with Charles Stewart Parnell to form the Irish National Land League, of which he became secretary and Parnell, president. Davitt’s passionate speeches lead to re-arrest in 1881, once released, Davitt travelled widely rallying incessantly for the exploited and oppressed everywhere. In 1892 he was elected MP for Mayo but did not accept the Institution of Parliament and became ever more intolerant with its failure to correct injustices. In 1896 he left the House of Commons with the visionary forecast that "no just cause could succeed there unless backed by physical force." Davitt died in Dublin in 1906 at the age of 60 having realised many of his life’s goals. The land for the people had for the most part become a reality, the reorganisation of the prison system had begun, and he had become a recognised global supporter of independence and liberty.

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Michael Davitt photograph, also images of John Rea and Henry Grattan  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1186

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €95

  • Medium: monochrome by W. & D. Downey, London, mounted
  • Dimensions: 14 by 9cm., 5.5 by 3.5in.
  • "John Rea (The celebrated Belfast Attorney)" portrait by H. Thomson, picture postcard, and Henry Grattan coloured portrait printed on silk. (3 items)

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1879 (July 25). Cardinal Newman letter to Sir Charles Gavan Duffy  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1187

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €600

  • Medium: manuscript 4pp
  • Dimensions: 15 by 20cm., 6 by 7.7in.
  • Provenance: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy; thence by descent and then bequest to the present owner
  • From "The Oratory" the cardinal thanks Gavan Duffy for his congratulations on his "elevation to the sacred college" and states "the Pope's act is in itself a broad imprimatur upon what I have written".

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c. 1880. Charles Stewart Parnell signed note, with newspaper photograph  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1188

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


1883 (3 manuscript) Charles Gavan Duffy; Thence by descent and then bequest to the present owner) Charles Stuart Parnell letter to Sir Charles Gavan Duffy  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1189

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €500

  • Medium: manuscript on House of Commons embossed paper
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.5in.
  • Provenance: Sir Charles Gavan Duffy; Thence by descent and then bequest to the present owner
  • Concerns a letter for Sir Charles mistakenly delivered to Parnell.

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1855 (5 November) Charles Stewart Parnell letter in his hand from Avondale  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1190

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €420


1887 (31 March). Charles Stewart Parnell letter in his hand from the House of Commons, London  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1191

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €400


Charles Stewart Parnell signature on part of letter  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1192

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


1885-1891. Correspondence concerning Charles Stewart Parnell's dealings with the Hibernian Bank, Wicklow, including 5 letters dictated and signed by him  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1193

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1000


[1891] "Charles Stuart Parnell MP" Commemorative Plate  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1194

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €280


[1891] Charles Stewart Parnell Commemorative jug  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1195

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €600


1891-98. C.S Parnell Medal, Robert Emmet and 1798-1898 Badges  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1196

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320

  • The first inscribed “Irelands Army of Independence 1891", and "Ireland A Nation" in the clasp, the other two are pin back, "Irelands Martyr Robert Emmet" and "Who Fears to Speak of '98, God Save Ireland".

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1891. The Uncrowned King- The Life and Services of Hon. Charles Stewart Parnell by Robert M. McWade. Signed by Parnell.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1197

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 


1884. "Dynamitards" Irish Association American Independence Movement Bombings in London. Metropolitan Police Reward Notice  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1198

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €280

  • Medium: letterpress, 1p.
  • Dimensions: 38 by 25cm., 15 by 9.8in.
  • Four linked incidents in a series of almost weekly attempted bombings in various parts of Great Britain. They were attributed to "Dynamitards", the Irish independence movement centred in New York who, although the successors to the Fenians established there from about 1860, were a different group to the Fenians of the 1880s who for a time operated openly from Paris. It seems that no arrests were made in relation to these attacks. The dynamite used was American "Atlas powder" and the theory was that the culprits arrived at Liverpool from America on 16 February and were at sea by the time the explosives -all synchronised - were due to go off. In fact the clock of the Victoria bomb ran over an hour beyond the set time and the others failed to detonate. The Charing Cross bomb was to be activated by a pistol the spring of which was too weak to operate and the clock of the Paddington bomb stopped.

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c. 1885. John Dillon MP handwritten letter to Mr Vivian  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1199

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €220

  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • "I wonder whether your principles in the Irish Question have survived the election unshaken. We are likely to have more trouble in Ireland, I fear, we secure a peaceful settlement.

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1880's. Collection of United Ireland and similar colour supplements. (15)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1200

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 


A cartoon of the Irish Parliamentary Party, circa 1902.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1201

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 23 by 30cm., 9 by 12in.
  • Includes Arthur Balfour, John Redmond, Tim Healy and other Irish MPs. Signed "Fitzpatrick".

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1885-1930 Maurice Healy Junior Archive including correspondence from his father and to his wife Annie, daughter of A.M. Sullivan QCMP  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1202

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €470

  • Medium: manuscript, typescript and printed matter, photograph etc
  • Also includes typescripts of articles, talks, lectures, etc., photographs including Maurice Healy in British Army, Work War 1, newspaper cuttings etc. (1805)

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1884 - 1920s range of Land Commission documents, cards, relating to a farm in Co. Meath  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2009 / 1203

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Includes Drogheda Union Rates receipts, rent receipts, Irish Land Commission Purchase Account and identity card. Also a 1916 Dog Licence with Irish two shillings licence stamp showing a wolfhound.

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