THE seven gold medals won by Piltown man, John Anthony on the hurling fields over a century ago have been returned to his family.
They were due to be auctioned at Mealy’s Rare Books in Castlecomer last week but when the lot number was called, auctioneer, Mr Fonsie Mealy informed the large crowd that at the request of the family, they had been withdrawn. Afterwards he said an intermediary had organised the medals to be returned to Mr Anthony’s family. They were expected to make up to €10,000 at the auction. The matter was highlighted in the Kilkenny People two weeks ago and a plea was made to save them from the auction and returned to the family. The collection includes Kilkenny’s first 3 All Ireland senior hurling title medals (1904, ‘05 and ‘07), two Leinster hurling championship gold medals together with an unusual shield shaped gold medal surmounted by crossed hurls, with central Kilkenny Coat of Arms overlay, and inscribed “Ye Faire Citie”, the reverse inscribed: “Kilkenny Citizens to Jack Anthony, All Ireland Champion Hurler 1904 - 05, ‘07”.