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  1. I viewed the auction last week and there were several nice lots in it, having said that, the belt buckle was not one of them. Until recently when a well known shop closed in Dublin similar buckles were available for sale at a fraction of the price achieved. Likewise the tunic button, wheres the proof that it was from W. Pearse? €1,800 plus fees for a story? The "star" lot for me was lot 211, that police badge was lovely. I didn't get it but I did get a couple of other items in the sale that I was happy with. Overall I was surprised with the prices achieved. Given the collapse in prices in the last 18 months the items in the sale made "reasonable" amounts. There is supposed to be another one in March or April of next year and of course Adams will probably hold a sale as well. Maybe by that stage we'll be back spending punts?
  2. I seen the badge and it was the large sized one, it was also made from brass not bronze (look at the rubbed high points of the badge in the photo)
  3. Hello, I got a request to post a link to this thread here and would be grateful for any informed opinion on its content. http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055869883
  4. It was under advertised due to the total lack of interest that the national press showed in it, as for expensive to get in point taken but what do you reckon it cost to stage not including the value of the exhibits on show? The fact is that 4 individuals plus the families of the executed leaders gave their time over a bank holiday weekend to put on an exhibition of never before seen items. If you totted up the value of the items on show even in these hard times you'd come up with a figure in the region of a few hundred thousand euro, was ?5 too much to ask to see it all? All concerned with organising the exhibition would have much prefered to stay at home that particular weekend. Its easy to be critical when your a hurler on the ditch.
  5. The hat on the tailor's dummy is Jack Plunkett's cap that he wore in 1916. The tunic/shirt were replicas that we used as display. We hadn't a suitable case to protect the cap so we put it on the dummy and stood it up on the table out of the way.The cap came from Plunkett's great niece and has a bullet mark on the front. I didn't get a great photo of it but he wrote his name on the inside sweat band of the cap. I've tried to post photos here but they are all too big;400K. Not sure how to compress them/make them suitable for posting, any tips?
  6. Heres a brief clip of the exhibition, I din't get too many of the cases but it gives an idea if how the room was set out on the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WXLylb1UwI
  7. Show went well. It was a lot of effort but on Saturday we had 6 relatives of the 7 leaders who signed the Proclamation in attendance as well as Con Colberts great nephew for the ribbon cutting. We had six cases for the seven leaders (Eamonn Ceannt and Sean Mac Dermott had to share!), two cases for the Irish Volunteers, one for the Citizen Army and one for the Fianna and Cumann Na mBan, one for the period from 1921 to 1966 (honour roll, 1916-21 club etc) and one for the 1966 50th anniversary. There was a lot against us; it was a holiday weekend with beautiful weather, and there were plenty of other events on in town but overall it was a good experience. If any of this forums readers went along I'd be interested to hear what they have to say. I did take photos and we have a short video clip which I'll post on Youtube next week.
  8. Of course if you can't make it along to Wynns on the 30th/31st you can always find the REAL stuff on ebay; http://cgi.ebay.com/VERY-OLD-PRINTED-Copy-...alenotsupported
  9. Its open from Midday to 6 PM both days. On Saturday we hope to have members of the families of the 7 signatories of the Proclamation present. On Sunday we've "battlefield" walks organised at 2PM, 4PM and 6PM. A guide will take anyone interested on the tour of the GPO/Moore Street area. Theres a 21st on in the hall on the Saturday night and we've to take everything out and set up again on the Sunday which is a real pain, but we wanted to have the exhibition in Wynns which in itself is a historic venue. We've no idea how many people will turn up but we'll see on the weekend!
  10. May be of interest to this campaign; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqqMfhcN5Uo
  11. Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUNBugR16Cw the sounds a bit dicey, but the speech outside No.16 Moore Street starts about 50 seconds or so into the clip.
  12. I'll be there as I'm helping to organise it. The James Connolly items are especially poignant. The lock of hair has been mounted in a gold locket and is in the posession of the Connolly family. It was cut from his head on the eve of his execution by a nurse from Dublin Castle.The silver medal of his is also a knock out item and Connolly must have been very proud of it. The Plunkett cap again is directly from the family. The Clarke items are mainly from the collection that Adams sold in 2006 and the remainder of the display will be formed from both the families of the executed leaders and from private collections. There will also be items from Countess Markievicz and one of Irelands earliest Olympic medals that was won in 1912 by a man who later served in the 1916 Rising! There was an oral hearing into the redevelopement of Moore Street two weeks ago and judgement is due shortly. If the developement goes ahead then the entire area will disappear. While 14-17 Moore Street is a National Monument, if the developer gets his way then the buildings will be gutted and only the fronts will remain. All of the other houses in the terace will be knocked and the lanes and some of the streets in the area will be gone for ever. You'll get an idea of whats proposed at http://www.developer.ie/wp-content/uploads...nhunter_119.jpg The highest part of the "park in the sky" is just over where the 1916 garrison surrendered from. In this day and age to think that Dublin City Council would bull doze such a historic site to allow a developer to build another shopping mall just doesn't seem right.
  13. An exhibition of original 1916 related material is being held in Wynns Hotel in Abbey Street, Dublin on the weekend of the 30/31st May 2009 This exhibition has been organised to display a unique collection of memorabilia and artefact's from the Easter Rising. These will include The surrender flag from Moore Street Jack Plunketts bullet marked Volunteers slouch hat The lock of James Connolly's hair cut the night before his execution on the families instructions, along with Connolly's silver medal awarded to him for the "Dublin Labour War of 1913-1914" Tom Clarke's diary, wallet, photo album and other personal effects. There will also be a fine collection of original uniforms, flags, medals and other items from the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army and Na Fianna. Most of these items have been in safe keeping of the immediate families and have therefore never been seen in public before. This is a rare chance to view them. There will also be the opportunity to view a digitally enhanced print of the famous GPO Garrison veterans group photograph taken in Croke Park in 1938. A volunteer will be on hand to help add any names to the many unidentified faces within the group. Relatives of the executed 1916 leaders will also be present over the weekend. James Connolly Heron a great grandson of James Connolly will be unveiling an alternative plan for the Moore Street area. On Sunday 31st there will be guided tours of 'Battlefield Moore Street' at 2pm 4pm 6pm. This event is being held to highlight the proposed fate of No. 16 Moore Street which was the last head quarters of the GPO garrison in 1916 and was the site from which the garrison surrended. It is being held to build on the success of the recent 'Arms Around Moore Street' demonstration.
  14. Thanks Brendan, I looked at that ebay lsting, is that guy ok in the head??? That poster is about as old as I am, and I'm a long way yet from the bus pass! A good little source book on the 1916 Proclamation is "The 1916 Proclamation" by John O Connor, as well as a good background on the Proclamation it also has the Roll of Honour for each of the garrisons at the rear. I've seen it in Easons for a few Euros.
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