1916 Rising: Ailesbury Road letter bought by State


Article by Michael Parsons in the Irish Times, 15 March 2014:

Image: The Irish Times ‘They missed uncle Charlie by an inch’ An Irishman’s Diary: An Ailesbury Road view of the 1916 Rising Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 01:01 Michael Parsons 4 The opening page of Sir Alfred Irwin’s 43-page letter from his home in Ailesbury Road to his daughter Dorothy in colonial Burma in which he describes the 1916 Rising in Dublin. The opening page of Sir Alfred Irwin’s 43-page letter from his home in Ailesbury Road to his daughter Dorothy in colonial Burma in which he describes the 1916 Rising in Dublin.
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The opening page of Sir Alfred Irwin’s 43-page letter from his home in Ailesbury Road to his daughter Dorothy in colonial Burma in which he describes the 1916 Rising in Dublin.

An eyewitness account of the 1916 Rising, in a letter written by a retired judge from Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 to his daughter in Burma, has been acquired by the National Library of Ireland. It bought the diaries and letters of Sir Alfred Irwin for €2,100, slightly over the €1,500-€1,800 estimate, in Whyte’s History sale last Sunday. The Roscommon-born Irwin had joined the British Empire’s administrative service and became the most senior judge in colonial-era Burma before retiring home to Ireland.

Online bidders from some 30 countries, including China, Hungary and New Zealand, joined bidders in the Dublin saleroom when political, cultural and sporting memorabilia and collectibles went under the hammer. Overall, 71 per cent of lots sold and 43 per cent went to online bidders. Fine Gael is understood to have bought some of the 1930s Cumann na nGaedheal election posters to fill gaps in the party’s collection.

Ten bidders competed for a censored Irish version of a 1960s cinema poster for Dr Nowhich made €3,800 (€600-€800); a 1967 All-Ireland hurling final medal belonging to a member of the Kilkenny team, €2,700 (€1,500- €2,000); and an 18th-century carved penal cross from Co Monaghan, €2,800. Among the more affordable lots, a collection of early-20th century postcards, made €130 (€100-€150).

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Click here to view previous article “An Irishman’s Diary: An Ailesbury Road view of the 1916 Rising” by Michael Parsons in the Irish Times, 4 March 2014 

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