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Saturday 19 April 2014

Auction of Austin Stack document

Historic 1918 parchment up for sale

Document up for auction in Limerick this week.

LOT 457 at Limerick Auction Rooms' forthcoming auction on Wednesday, March 13, at 11.30am contains an item of significant interest to Kerry historians.

The lot, possibly a unique appreciation document to Republican leader Austin Stack (1879 - 1929) for leading the hunger strike in Belfast in 1918. The document is signed by the IRA prison leadership. Austin Stack was imprisoned on a prison ship and force fed - the artwork reflects this.

The document has been roughly translated by Limerick Auction Rooms as follows:

'In memory of Austin Stack. Leadership of the prisoners that are held in Belfast.

'My dear friend, We would like to let you know before we leave, and to draw you attention to the advances made in our campaign to defeat the enemy during our time as leaders in this prison. We pray that you have a long and healthy life to achieve freedom.

'We, on behalf of all prisoners.'

The above inscription is hand drawn in pencil and ink. The document also shows a prison ship to the middle left and an image of a man being forcefed to the middle right.

The document is in a tatty condition but it is a very important document of Irish Interest.

More information from Limerick Auction Rooms, Garryglass Industrial Estate Ballysimon Road, Limerick, on (061) 422143 or email: info@lar.ie.

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