Rackard hurley coming back to Wexford following auction
Billed as 'cuchainn's son's hurl,' one of the legendary Nickey Rackard's old camáin will be coming home after going under the hammer for €1,200 at an auction of GAA memorabilia last week.
Sold to a buyer in Wexford, it will be going into a private collection.
Pre-auction estimated were between €350 and €500 for the hurl which was reputed to have been one of the hurls used by Rackard during the 1955 All-Ireland final.
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers said the auction of GAA memorabilia, held in The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, realised almost €245,000 with 82 per cent of the lots sold.
The auction included a wealth of hurling medals, 21 in total, belonging to Tipperary and Dublin midfielder Philip Shanahan. Remembered as one of hurling's finest midfielders, Philip Shanahan's collection consists of a number of medals documenting his successful career, sold for €19,000.
The highest selling lot on the day was Kerry Footballer, Joe Barrett's GAA medal collection, which went under the hammer at €40,000. This collection included a number of medals such as All Ireland winners medals, Munster senior title medals and many more. Another item that generated interest was the Dr Croke Cup Competition 1910 Medal, a 9ct gold, GAA hurling medal which was won by Cork. This scarce item sold for €2,400 and proceeds from the sale will be donated to the establishment of The Richard 'Dick' Hearns memorial Boxing Club in Ballina, Co Mayo.