De Valera document leads sale

Whyte’s History Auction gets the nationalist vote with the returning officer’s report on Dev’s first win

11th October, 2015
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On rare occasions, fate chooses to throw a wild card, and in doing so, determines the course of a nation’s history. Leading Whyte’s History sale is a document marking the start of Eamon de Valera’s 42 year-long career, the Returning Officer’s Report from his first election on July 11, 1917.

The Sinn Féin candidate, he confounded expectations that his opponent, Patrick Lynch of the Irish Party, would be a ‘shoe-in’...

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