Irish Sterling Silver Feis Medal Dublin 1962

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  • Sold Date: May 31, 2009
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Irish Sterling Silver Feis Medal Dublin 1962
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Feis Ceoil Medal - with profile of Fr. Theobald Mathew and surrounded with Celtic design

Dublin 1962
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Fr Theobald Mathew 1790 - 1856
Apostle of Temperance. Born in Thomastown Castle in Cashel. Ordained a Capuchin monk in 1840, he was sent to Cork and opened a Free School for poor children, and formed a society of steady young men to help relieve the widespread wretchedness and poverty. On 10th April 1838 he signed a pledge of total abstinence with historic words " it goes in the name of the Lord". His success was remarkable; within six years his disciples included nearly half of the adult population, the revenue from duties on spirits fell from £1.4 to £0.8 and t was an extraordinary reduction in crime.

We cannot emphasise enough how important these wee silver gems of Irish history are. They are all hall marked (see below) and often stamped by provincial Irish silversmiths long since gone, and are tfore firmly authenticated. They often show high skills of hand engraving, for example Celtic interlacing, shamrocks, round towers, wolfhounds, harps and other uniquely Irish symbols.

THEY ARE A GREAT INVESTMENT - WILL NEVER BE PRODUCED AGAIN AND ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO REPRODUCE/FAKE

UNIQUE and RARE 47 Year Old Irish
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