Fine Arts: Mullen’s memories are a prize catch for rugby fans

Fonsie Mealy is this week selling off a vast scrapbook belonging to the man who captained Ireland to the Grand Slam in 1948

8th March, 2020
Karl Mullen’s scrapbook relating to the 1948 Grand Slam is part of Fonsie Mealy‘s sale

Leading Fonsie Mealy’s sale this week is a copy of the first and only complete facsimile of the Book of Kells, published in a limited edition in 1990 and estimated to fetch €6,000-€8000.

A headline lot for rugby fans is Karl Mullen’s scrapbook of news cuttings, press passes, tickets and other ephemera relating to the 1948 Grand Slam – the golden age of Irish rugby (€3,000-€4,000). Regarded as Ireland’s first “professional” captain,...

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