Well-known priest's collection for auction this Sunday

Following the sudden death in 2012 of Fr Brian Hanley, a noted collector, well-known fine art auctioneers Matthews of Oldcastle in Co Meath has been chosen by the executors to sell the contents of his former residence by public auction. An early Victorian glebe house, Kedagh Park House is situated one mile outside Glenamaddy, Co Galway, on the Roscommon road. The auction, to be held this Sunday February 1 at 1.30pm, features his life-time collection formed over 60 years. The sale comprises a total of more than 600 lots of antiques.

Included in the auction will be a fine pair of Irish Regency fold-over side tables of elegant form resting on paw supports, estimated at €4,000 to €7,000. Another interesting lot in the sale is a Georgian portrait of a gentleman estimated at €700 to €1,200. As it is a clearance auction estimates run from €20 all the way up to €15,000, appealing to all tastes and pockets

“Cataloguing the contents has certainly been a voyage of discovery,” said Damien Matthews of Matthews auctioneers. “Many lots we found out in the barn hidden under decades of dust and cobwebs. Very kindly the executors have allowed us to also include in this auction the remaining estate of Dr Kilbride, so it really is a packed sale of antiques not seen for many, many, years.”

From the Kilbride estate are three antique solid gold sovereigns and other jewellery including an Omega Seamaster wristwatch. A Regency gilded chariot motif overmantle with an estimate of €600 to €900 also comes from this estate. Among the lots in the barn are various pony traps, a Ferguson tractor circa 1970, and a large quantity of shed stored dry turf and seasoned firewood.

The house will be open for public viewing from 11am this Friday and Saturday January 30 and 31, and on auction day from 10am. Limited viewing of the contents will be permitted while the auction is on, while the sale itself will be held in a heated marquee beside the house. Food and warm drinks will also be available on auction day.

A fully illustrated catalogue is posted on the auctioneers’ website at www.matthewsauctionrooms.com while printed copies will be available at the house during view days.

For further information contact Damien Matthews, Matthews auctioneers, The Square, Oldcastle, at 086 8414421/049 8550055, email [email protected].

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