Legendary Kerry footballer, Joe Barrett’s GAA Medal Collection was sold for a staggering €40,000 this evening in Kilkenny city.
Bidding was brisk as auctioneer, Fonsie Mealy offered the lot to the crowded sales room in the Ormonde hotel, in the centre of the medieval city.
Eventually it was sold to a phone bidder.
It included All Ireland Winners Medals, Munster Senior Title Medals, National League, Inter Provincial (The Railway Cup), The Tailteann Games Medals, Memorial Tournament Fund Raiser, Inter County Football and Hurling (Co. Kerry) and a War of Independence Medal.
At the age of 15 Barrett became a member of the Irish Volunteers.
Following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty he took to the Republican side in the subsequent Civil War. He was arrested and interned in September of 1922 where he suffered severe hardship. He embarked on a 22 day Hunger Strike while imprisoned.
He died on the 2nd June 1952, aged 49. Deemed a truly unique collection of medals directly linked to an icon and stalwart of the GAA, it is a collection of a lifetime and had an estimate of between €30,000 and €40,000.
The medal collection of the late Tipperary and Dublin hurler, Philip Shanahan also went under the gavel.
They made €19,000. Remembered as one of hurling’s finest midfielders, Philip collection consists of a number of medals documenting his successful career. Medals included are The All Ireland Medal Group (three in a row-Tipperary), The Railway Cup Medal Group (four in a row for the Munster Province).