Rare 102-year-old All-Ireland GAA medal goes up for sale
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Rare 102-year-old All-Ireland GAA medal goes up for sale

A RARE Laois 1915 All-Ireland hurling medal is to go up for auction, over a century after it was won.

The medal – awarded for Laois’s first and only ever All-Ireland title – is to go up for sale at an auction at the Tara Towers Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, May 30.

The nine carat gold medal bears a Celtic Cross design with a harp on the reverse side.

It is inscribed “Cumann na gCleas – Luith Gaedhealach” and “Eire” on one side, with the other side inscribed “All-Ireland C’Ship won by Leix, 1915”.

The medal is hallmarked “H. & H.”, meaning it was crafted by the Dublin jewellery shop Hopkins and Hopkins – which was the site of an Easter Rising firefight just a year later in 1916.

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Laois's hurlers lost in the final the year before in what was also the first year of WW1. Picture: GAA.ie

The 1915 championship was the 29th year of the All-Ireland Championship, after the the GAA itself was founded in 1884.

Having been beaten by Clare the previous year on a scoreline of 5-1 to 1-0, the Laois men gathered their thoughts and regrouped to reach another final.

Under the Captaincy of the legendary Jack Finlay, they beat the Lee-siders on October 24th, 1915 claiming their first and only title with a 6-2 to 4-1 win.

The medal is expected to fetch somewhere between €7,000 and €10,000 but could sell for even higher given its rare status as a medal from Laois’s only ever triumph.

Also of interest in the auction is an original programme from a football match between Nazi Germany and Ireland in Dublin on October 17, 1935.

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The extremely rare programme, which bears the red, white and black swastika of Hitler’s Germany, is valued between €200 and €300.