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  1. Hallo Gentlemen of the Club, Just noticed in the last couple of months the high prices the medals to veterans of the Irish Republican Army (Gentlemen of the 1916-1920 Fight for Independance and not to be confused with the Terrorist Organisation of today). http://cgi.ebay.com/IRISH-1916-Combatants-...1QQcmdZViewItem Up to 770 GB Pounds as I write. his pictures are a bit crap though. http://cgi.ebay.com/IRISH-UPRISING-1917-19...1QQcmdZViewItem Up to 413 GB Pounds http://cgi.ebay.com/IRISH-1939-1946-Emerge...1QQcmdZViewItem This one by the same seller for two very common varieties of WW2 Ermergency Service Medals. At 72 GB Pounds http://cgi.ebay.com/IRISH-UPRISING-1917-19...1QQcmdZViewItem This one is at 599 GB POUNDS (any inscription is done privately as they were issued plain.) http://cgi.ebay.com/IRISH-1916-Combatants-...1QQcmdZViewItem This one is up to 770 GB Pounds Probably the most of these will end up in the USA Kevin in Deva.
  2. Sold on a well know auction site recently, described as a Rare Old Irish Free State Republican Army Sinn Fein FFE Silver Badge, although my main interest is Irish Military I do have a little knowledge of Scout badges and suspected the SF was for Scoutisme Français, did a google search for Scoutisme Français FFE and found the FFE stands for Fédération Française des Éclaireuses, did a search in the completed listing of that well know auction site and found a very similar badge sold for £15. Am I completely wrong and it is a Sinn Fein badge although certainly nothing I have seen before, just completely baffled.
  3. Hallo Gentlemen I would like to take this moment to post pictures of the service medals I was personaly awarded with for my service with the Irish Defence Forces and the United Nations. My period of service was from 6th May 1976 to the 24th October 1997. In total 21 years and 174 days . Military Conduct Rating: EXEMPLARY. The PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCES SERVICE MEDAL / An Bonn Seirbise. The long service medal for Non-Commissioned ranks of the regular defence forces was instituted on December 13th, 1944. It may be awarded after ten years satisfactory service, and a bar may be awarded after a further five years continuous service. On November 23, 1983 retrospective legislation permitted the medal to be awarded to Officers, Chaplains and members of the Nursing Services for fifteen years service, with a bar for twenty years. All medals are in a bronze alloy, 35mm in diameter. Obverse; A symbolic female figure of Eire placing a laurel wreath on the head of a kneeling soldier. The inscription "AN BONN SEIRBHISE" partly surrounds the form of the soldier, with a small spray of laurel to the right of Eire. Reverse; Around the top the words "THE SERVICE MEDAL" with particulars of the recipient engraved in the centre, service number, intials, and name. Officers medals have the letter "O" in front of their number. Ribbons; The ten years service medal has a 32mm plain Saint Patrick's blue ribbon, while the fifteen year ribbon has a 5mm gold stripe in the centre. This latter ribbon is used on the office's medals as well. Suspension; Ring and pin back broach with the word "SEIRBIS / SERVICE" in raised letters. Bar; The bars are sewn to the ribbon and are bronze with two laurel sprays on either side of a central cruciform design. Designer: D. O. Murchadha. Manufacturer's; P. Quinn Ltd. and Jewellery and Metal Mfg., Co., Ltd, 17 Wood Street, Dublin 8. Issues are made half-yearly and presentations are usually made by Commanding Officers at ceremonial parades*. The medal may be awarded posthumously and may be forfeited for certain offences. There are considerable varities in strikings, as is to be expected in a piece which has been in issue for over 60 years and made by two seperate firms. *On a visit to my Parent Battalion from the Unit, I had been attached to the Company storeman collared me near the Guardroom, produced a slip of paper and with a quick "Sign there, and there" I was then handed my service medal so much for a ceremonial parade. Kevin in Deva, he that was 835827
  4. Gentlemen, The escalating price expectations for Irish medals !! http://www.jamesadam.ie/BidCat/detail.asp?...&LotRef=396 LOT 396 ? ?The Turner Medals? Provenance: * Joseph & Frank Turner: 1916 Rising Service Medals, and War of Independence Medals, each with ?Comrac? bar, awarded to father Joseph and son, Frank Turner, 10 Summerhill, Dublin. The 1916 Medals are both engraved on reverse with recipients names Joseph & Francis Turner, respectively, and with ?G? Company 1st Battalion, G.P.O. Garrison on each medal also. Purchased sometime ago by a Dublin collector directly from the family. * Harry Turner: 1916 Rising Service Medal and 1919-21 War of Independence Medal with ?Comrac? bar, awarded to Henry Turner, another member of the G.P.O. Garrison. A photocopy of a photograph of the 1936 Re-Union with both brothers identified is included in this lot. Sold as Lot 122, Whytes Auctions, 9/4/2006 Sale, on behalf of Harry?s family, when it was purchased by the present owner. * All three Turners are included in the listings in the ?1916 Rebellion Handbook.? They each served in ?G? Company in the most famous unit of 1916 Insurrection, ?G.P.O. Garrison,? under the direct command of P.H. Pearse & James Connolly Will be interesting to see what the market bears. An Ceallach
  5. Hello All, I have been very quiet lately and generally just lurking, but I am hoping that one of you might be able to help me identify just what this pin is. It looks to me like an Irish Air Corps pilot Wings badge, but I don't know of any in this size or that are made of gold. It is extremely well made with great detail, hallmarked as 9 carat gold, with red and green enamel work (I cannot read the other hallmark stamps). It has the stamp of the 'Jewellery & Metal Manufacturing Company of Ireland' (37 Kevin Street, Dublin). As far as I can gather, this company ceased to exist circa. 1970. It reminds me of a sweetheart pin, but I cannot find any reference to anything like this on-line, the closest I can find is a silver badge (Pilot Wings - pre 1994. same colour enamels and style) - see: http://www.irishmilitaryinsignia.com/flash/catagory/aircorps/wings_pilotandcrew/flash_ac_pilotwings_gen.htm It is very small at 33mm from wing-tip to wing-tip. I apologise for the very poor quality phone photographs - I will try to get some better shots tomorrow. Thanks in advance for any help or comments offered. ( Kevin, are you still out there? ) Regards - Danny
  6. Nice scarce badge of the Cumann na mban ,1917 female IRA members badge. By Dundalgan Press.Dundalk.
  7. Winifred (Winnie) Carney's posthumously awarded 1916 and War of Independence with Comrac medals, along with her husband, George McBride's WWI group. Excerpt from Wiki - She was present with Connolly in the Dublin General Post Office during the Easter Rising in 1916, his aide-de-camp. Carney was the only woman present during the initial occupation of the building, which she entered armed with a typewriter and a Webley revolver. While not a combatant, she was given the rank of adjutant and was among the final group (including Connolly and Patrick Pearse) to leave the GPO. After Connolly became wounded, she refused to leave his side. This was despite direct orders from Pearse and Connolly. She had earlier taken the wounded Connolly's final dictated orders. Carney, alongside Elizabeth O'Farell and Julia Grennan left the GPO with the rest of the rebels after their surrender. George fought in the Battle of the Somme. Was taken prisoner and later returned to Belfast.
  8. Only just got this gem so wished to show it off. The group belonged to PATRICK J McGRATH (senior) confirned on the 1966 Roll of Honour, Two 1935 armbands presented by President de Valera to surviving Vets of the easter uprising. both correct and retaining original labels " Bergins real irish poplin" not the best of condition but both original..as these were presented in 1935 and worn up to 1941, I believe one was issued to McGrath junior who is also listed on the roll and must have been a relative. EASTER UPRISING MEDAL. officially named and numbered. Early issue with smaller top bar, sadly this is damaged and missing pin. Ribbon early weave type ,with folded point. The loop retaining medal has virtually invisable join , same as his service medal....just beautifully done. Medal die struck and beautifully aged patina. Naming is inline with other officially named and numbered awards. General Service medal with bar. stunning, and Officially issued and numbered in correct style, upper case. Any details greatfully received. thanks steve
  9. In late 1919 Sinn Fein began to gear up for a war to take over Ireland. One of the first steps they took, besides organizing, was to attempt to garnish funds. As ever, their allies in the USA, a group of largely Irish immigrants centered around large cities, supplied cash, moral support and passion. I found this at my local flea market under a book that I literally picked up off the table for my cousin Rick (A History of Chelmsford in World War Two with biographies and medals awarded, a massive tome...mine for a mere $10). My hand literally trembled as I reached down for it amidst the old tax receipts from Boston and 100 year old Valentines cards.... This is one of the bonds sold by the IRA in its American campaign for support. Sold via the IRB and AOH, as well as advertised in newspapers, the IRA raised millions of US $ for their war. I got this for $1.....my find of the year.
  10. Hello all, I spotted this badge and I would like to find out what it is - does any of you have came across with this gold/green enamel badge before? It is shamrock shape, year 1916 and letters OT (any ideas what for these can be stand for?) Thanking you in advance, Noor
  11. Hi all, Some time back I picked up these wings from the dealers junk box. Just looked old and odd enough to spend €2 . But I still haven't been able to ID them. Perhaps some (aviation) enthusiast here knows more about them. In the middle, three castles represent most likely Dublin. Around the castles there are letters "D.G.C.". My best bet was "Dublin Glider Club" but when I spoke with the people from Royal Aeronautical Society, they didn't confirm that idea. Any ideas would be great! Thanking you in advance, Timo
  12. Hi All, I have here one rather interesting piece, that I randomly found here in Dublin many moons back. I didn't paid attention on it a long time and now, when I decided to let some pieces go from my humble collection, I re-discovered it from my junk box. After some research, I understand that it is a 1798 Irish Rebellion 100 years commemorative medallion. It has text "Who Fears To Speak" and "Ireland Forever". On the reverse there is a Birmingham maker stamp. Now, when I tried to find more out about this piece, I suddenly struggled - nothing available on internet. Only one similar piece was sold by Adams auction house in Dublin five years ago. This item was only in silver and was also hallmarked Birmingham and year stamp 1897. So, I am fairly sure that mine was made at the same time. I just wanted to check perhaps any Irish collector (who I am not - I collect Irish regiments under British crown up to 1921) have spotted any similar pieces or/and have some extra information about it. Thanking you in advance, Noor ' alt='' class='ipsImage' > ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="467px"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' > ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="467px">
  13. Hallo, Could anyone please identify this Badge. No makers marks. Thanks in advance. Paul H. (ÖSTA)
  14. Hi, Trip to Cork city military fair was cancelled because the massive fluding there - all the Cork city centre is under the wather! So, I went out to go and look at the rugby in the city centre... on the way I randomly pop in to the market to have a quick look and from one box I found this piece.... Irish ribbon bar with the old style pin system! It's my very first Irish bar with the 1939-1946 Emergency Medal. Actually its the first bar at all with that award what I have ever seen! - 1939-1946 Emergency Medal - Medal of Service in the Defence Forces, 15 Years
  15. Came across this article recently which may be of interest to some. Not sure if it has been mentioned before : http://www.historyir...news/?id=113888 I think that is from approx 5 yrs ago. A recent Rté radio programme was also broadcast on the subject of Tudor however it is very poor in terms of content, more folklore & anecdote than historically or factually accurate. 'A Bullet for the General' Available on Rté Player here http://www.rte.ie/ra...nd-ireland.html
  16. ..thought I would share ....do love this rarity...."Dublin Brigade" females cap badge ... hope you like all the best steve
  17. "Pictured at the Stand Down Parade for RSM Patrick "Podge" O Driscoll (1st AR) after 39 years of dedicated and loyal service and 23 Overseas Missions. Podge is pictured beneath the iconic clock-tower in Collin's Barracks, Cork. Photo: Sgt Barry McCarthy, (1st BDE HQ.)" Congratulations, and well done that man Kevin in Deva.
  18. Hallo Gents. I have a lot of these buttons in my possession and I thought it about time to add a few pictures of these items here, Irish military buttons can often be found being sold on Evil Bay along with the claim that they are from the Old IRA period / War of Independence time. I will start with the large brass 25mm buttons usualy found on the Military Parade Dress tunics and Overcoats for All Ranks. A generic design of a Celtic Harp with the intials " I V " which stands for Irish Volunteer. Most designs show 9 strings on the harp, however there are examples with only 8 strings. The pictures show them in an uncleaned and unpolished condition, yup many a Sargeant-Major must be rolling over in their graves at such a thought! http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_01_2012/post-950-0-21840700-1328022650.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_01_2012/post-950-0-89709000-1328022661.jpg Maker Marked: DOWLER BIRMINGHAM. William Dowler & Sons. Graham St. Works, Birmingham 1 (in 1946) Founded 1774, probably as Thomas Dowler of Great Charles St., Birmingham. Amalgamated with Firmin in 1969. Kevin in Deva. :jumping:
  19. Here is an interesting short movie some may be interested in : http://www.thegermanmovie.com/
  20. Comdt. Vincent Byrne, E Company, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Old IRA. I have put online some material which once belonged to Commandant Vincent (Vinny) Byrne, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Old I.R.A. here ; http://www.militaria...inny-byrne.html It is a small collection of : Documents http://www.militaria...docu/index.html Photographs / postcards http://www.militaria...hoto/index.html Scrapbook he kept throughout the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War http://www.militaria...apb1/index.html & http://www.militaria...apb2/index.html For those who don't know Vincent Byrne joined the Irish Volunteers in 1915 at the age of 14. He paraded and drilled with them, then fought in the 1916 Easter Rising at Jacobs Mills alongside men such as Thomas MacDonagh, John McBride and Mick McDonnell (later leader of Michael Collins' counter intelligence unit 'The Squad'). During the Irish War of Independence Vinny Byrne (despite being the youngest), joined and became a prolific member of Michael Collins 'Squad', also known as the '12 Apostles.' Taking part in the standard guerilla warfare activities of intelligence gathering, raids for weapons, vehicles and supplies, ambushes, attacks and assasinations all throughout the Irish War of Independence (January 1919 - Truce July 1921), I have included a sample timeline of approximately one year's activities throughout the War of Independence on the webpage. He famously took part in the Bloody Sunday executions of British intelligence officers ('Cairo Gang') throughout Dublin, and is quoted as saying ""The Lord have mercy on your souls. I then opened fire with my Peter. They both fell dead." I have split the collection in to three parts, one for photographs and postcards, one for Documents, and the last part for the scrapbook proper (the scrapbook is also split into two). Here are a few samples from the Documents/Letters section : Letters & Documents Card from Sean Doyle to Vincent Byrne December 1919. Doyle was also a member of Michael Collins Squad and was later wounded at the Customs House attack. Vincent Byrne Irish War of Independence era handwritten notes on the workings of a 'Peter the Painter' Mauser machine pistol. Evidence statement of Colonel Commandant Tom Keogh 're Dowling' (possibly Major Charles Milne Cholmeley Dowling shot by Michael Collins Squad at 28 Pembroke Street on Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920). Document prepared for Corrigan and Corrigan solicitors Dublin. Letter to Colonel-Commandant Tom Keogh (former Collins Squad member) 9th July 1922. At this time early in the Irish Civil War Keogh was leading the pro-treaty 'Wexford Expeditionary Force' of 230 men, one field gun and four armoured vehicles in engagements against the anti-treaty IRA.
  21. Family lore says the man is Collins but it does not look 100% like other photos I have seen. My grandfather, the man in the center, left Liverpool for the US after the Easter Rising in May 1916. I haven't heard that Collins came to the US but it is possible the photo was taken in the Buffalo area between 1916-1922. Thanks
  22. Hi All... I have shown these elsewhere previously, but I thought I would share them with you all. Even though I have concentrated on 1939 EKII's, these are still, for obvious reasons, the most important and treasured part of my collection. It is a family grouping consisting of a cased War of Independance medal - this is the 'combat' version with the comrac bar. Also with it are a military pension document dated 1938, and a hand embroidered memorial made by comrades who were interned at the time of the recipients death. The medal and pension document belonged to my fathers uncle, Anthony Francis Duignan, who saw active service with the Irish Volunteers who in 1919 became ?glaigh na h?ireann (Irish Republican Army). As can be seen on the pension document he served through the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921). I have a newspaper cutting of his obituary from 1942 in which it states "In the fight for Irish freedom the deceased took a leading part, and the hardships he underwent in that memorable struggle impaired his health and brought a promising career to a premature close." When he died in 1942, his family were presented with an embroidered memorial (handmade on a piece of a linen sheet or pillowcase) by some of his former comrades who were at the time interned as the government of the time took a very hard line on IRA members during the second world war as the IRA had launched an armed campaign in Northern Ireland and had hoped for support (arms / ammunition / explosives / money etc.) from Germany to strike against the British. I am still in the process of researching more information about him and his activities but unfortunately my father passed away last year and there is no one else around who can remember any details. I intend to search through military records in the National Military Archives in Dublin when I get a chance. Also in case whan I received it was, what I think to be, an Irish Volunteers cap badge (not pictured yet). Until recently I presumed that this was just an FCA badge as it is the same design except that this one is made of what looks like bronze. I have seen a website which showed pictures of the Irish Volunteer cap badge and mine looked exactly the same. I will post pictures of it in the near future... hopefully some of you can help me positively identify it. Thanks for looking and I hope you all like what you see! Regards - Danny
  23. Good evening. I've come across this medal, which I understand is Irish. But I don't collect Irish medals, and have no knowledge of it. Perhaps some of you can help me out here?
  24. A recent addition...........Ireland - Military Medal for Gallantry First Class. An Ceallach
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