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Eclectic lots amongst Whyte's auction

IT might sound like a PlayStation game, but the Virtual Championship of All-Ireland was a very real and extraordinary episode in GAA history, dating back to 1895.

An extremely rare All-Ireland medal has come up for auction at Whyte's, with an estimate of about €5,000 to €7,000, from the championship final between the Pierce O'Mahony club from Navan, Co Meath, and Arravale in Co Tipperary.

In a controversy that can still be appreciated by the GAA fan of today, Dublin referee JJ Kenny afterwards admitted he had made a mistake in awarding a crucial point to Arravale and said the true result was a draw.

Pierce O'Mahony announced they would not seek a replay and players were subsequently presented with special All-Ireland 'Virtual Championship' winners' medals.

"It has never happened since," commented Ian Whyte, who said the medal's current owner is based in Australia.

Also amongst the Eclectic Collector auction this Saturday at the Freemason's Hall on Molesworth Street are several lots of historic postcards of Irish scenes, as well as hand-poured wax dolls of Princess Diana, which are attracting interest from international collectors.

Irish Independent