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
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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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