Leinster hurling medal sells for €570 after eBay frenzy
IT WAS a game that made history, with the proud Connacht men of Galway being crowned champions of Leinster.
But that has not stopped a winners' medal being sold on eBay.
Galway made history when they beat Kilkenny to take the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship last summer after moving across the Shannon in 2009 due to a lack of competition out west.
Now, a sports collector has sold a medal from the final for €570 on the website, attracting more than 40 bids and speculation as to its original owner.
The medal was one of more than 30 presented to the Galway team and panel after the Tribesmen beat Kilkenny 2-21 to 2-11 to clinch the title last July.
The win marked the first time in the competition's 125-year history that Galway were crowned champions. But despite the significance, the owner soon parted ways with the precious medal. It is understood to have been in the hands of collectors since late last year.
While speculation is rife in hurling circles as to the identity of the original owner, the seller insisted he had no idea who was first presented with the medal.
He said he had bought it from another collector last year on condition that the identity be protected.
"I'm afraid I don't know the first thing about GAA. This is simply a hobby for me and I bought it from another collector six months ago.
"I'm afraid I have no idea who it belonged to," said the seller.
A spokesperson for the Galway Hurling Board said it had been made aware of the sale last week.
"While it is regrettable that it happened, the medals are the individual property of each player and they can do with them as they wish. It's not uncommon that such medals would be sold on years later," said a spokesperson.
The medals were originally commissioned from Gerry Browne Jewellers in Portlaoise.