16 May 2022

Precious sliotar scores big at Castlecomer auction

Mealy Auctioneers sell GAA relic from Thunder and Lightning Final

Kilkenny Sport

The sliotar, which was used in the Thunder and Lightning final of 1939, sold for €750

A piece of Kilkenny hurling history scored big when it went under the hammer at a recent auction.

A sliotar from the 1939 All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Cork was sold for €750 at the Collectors' Sale organised by Mealy Auctioneers in Castlecomer.

The ball was used in the match which is more commonly known as the Thunder and Lightning final, which was played on the day Great Britain declared war on Germany.

The game itself, which featured future Taoiseach Jack Lynch, was played in atrocious conditions, with Croke Park battered by thunder, lightning and a near-constant downpour throughout the second half of the game.

The Cats weathered the storm, beating the Rebels by 2-7 to 3-3 thanks to a late Jimmy Kelly point.

The sliotar, which was lot Number 574, was inscribed with the words 'Jim Langton - All-Ireland 1939' in pen. It was given 'To John Power Lacken (1940)'. It had a guide price of €700-€800.

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