Fonsie Mealy auction of rare books nets over €600,000

First ever Galway All Ireland senior hurling medal makes €5,500

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


Fonsie Mealy of Kilkenny auction or rare books in Dublin nets over €600,000

A pair of reading glasses owned by James Joyce made an eye opening price at Fonsie Mealy auction

A manuscript by the Nobel prize winning Irish poet, WB Yeats, inscribed to his muse, Maud Gonne, dating from 1892, has sold for €48,000 at auction.

And a pair of prince-nez reading glasses worn by Irish writer, James Joyce went under the gavel for €17,000 at the sale in Dublin yesterday conducted by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, Castlecomer.

The entire sale netted over €600,000 and included rare pieces from poet Seamus Heaney.

A first ever Galway All Ireland senior hurling medal from 1923 made €5,500 at the rare book sale.