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Historic bullet from Boland's body up for auction

JAMES J GIBBONS

Published 03/07/2011 | 05:00

A LEAD bullet with a tragic and romantic part to play in the story of the creation of the State will go under the hammer in an upcoming antiques sale at the James Adam's salerooms on St Stephen's Green, Dublin.

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The bullet is said to have been extracted from Harry Boland's body at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin on July 31, 1922, after he was shot while attempting to escape arrest by Free State soldiers at a hotel in Skerries near Dublin early that morning. Harry Boland died several days after the shooting.

The bullet will be auctioned in the 'Interiors and Collectibles' auction, which will take place in James Adam's salerooms on July 12.

The lot includes a signed letter from the vendors explaining that the bullet was kept in a sealed envelope at St Vincent's, until given by the Sisters of Charity to a supervisor at the hospital, Kitty Lowry (nee Harpur), formerly an active member of Cumann na mBan.

The sealed envelope was seen with seal intact by a member of staff at Adam's. It was later torn open by a house burglar, who apparently was disappointed by its contents.

Adam's can certify that the envelope with its seal and contents remained intact until recently.

To seal the deal, also accompanying this lot is a signed letter from the local garda office confirming details of the burglary.

It carries an estimate of €700-€1,000. The lots go on view in Adam's next Sunday.

Sunday Independent

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