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Saturday 21 October 2017

Rackard hurley coming back to Wexford following auction

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The Nickey Rackard hurl was sold to a buyer in Wexford.
The Nickey Rackard hurl was sold to a buyer in Wexford.

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.

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