National league medal, Kilkenny’s first to be sold

THE conspiracy theorists will claim this is Tipperary’s way of getting back at Kilkenny for the recent defeat in Nowlan Park in the All Ireland hurling qualifier but in reality, we don’t know where this first ever National league hurling medal won with Kilkenny comes from except that it was offered for sale to Mealy’s of Castlecomer by a Tipperary based person.

THE conspiracy theorists will claim this is Tipperary’s way of getting back at Kilkenny for the recent defeat in Nowlan Park in the All Ireland hurling qualifier but in reality, we don’t know where this first ever National league hurling medal won with Kilkenny comes from except that it was offered for sale to Mealy’s of Castlecomer by a Tipperary based person.

It is 9ct gold with the Celtic cross design, with the Provincial coat of arms, in colourful enamel, and a pierced centre with circular overlay with engraved typical motifs. The reverse is inscribed: “An Connradh Naisiunta Iomana 1932 - Cill Coinnigh a buaidh.” It is hallmarked by John Miler. Kilkenny beat Limerick 3-8 to 1-3 to claim their First National League title.

Also for sale on Tuesday next in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin will be an All Ireland hurling medal won with Kilkenny in 1932 when the county defeated Limerick 1-7 to 0-6, could this be an omen for later in the season? The 9ct gold Medal by H.H. (Hopkins & Hopkins) in the Celtic Cross design inscribed Cumann Luith Cleas Gaedheal, with Eire across the centre and central shield shaped overlay with harp, the reverse inscribed Craobh Iomana Sinnsear na hEireann 1933, Cill Chainnigh a buaidh, hallmarked. Both medals have a reserve of between E800 and E1,200.