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Events Lecture: The Big House in Ireland, Reminiscences of an Irish Auctioneer

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25.10.2018, 18:30 P.M.

Our first lecture of the season will be provided by Mr Fonsie Mealy of Mealy’s Auctioneers & Agents of Fine Art & Antiques, one of Ireland's leading auction houses, based in Co. Kilkenny, and well known both nationally and internationally.

Mr Mealy will discuss several of his major house contents sales in Ireland, including Abbeyleix House for Viscount de Vesci; The Murnaghan Collection on behalf of Judge James Murnaghan; Dunbrody Park on behalf of the Marquis of Donegall; Luggala, Co. Wicklow, on behalf of the Late Hon. Garech de Brun; and Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford, on behalf of the late Mr. Ambrose Congreve, to mention but a few.

Fonsie Mealy specialises in the sale of antiques, chattels, rare books and manuscripts etc., and is an acknowledged expert in this field, regularly undertaking work, reports and valuations on behalf of the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as other institutions and public bodies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors; Past President of the Royal Dublin Society; Board Member of the National Gallery of Ireland (for six years); presently Vice-President of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society (the oldest Historical and Archaeological Society in Ireland); and he is a member of the Dublin Knot, Order of the Friendly Brothers of Saint Patrick.

The lecture will be delivered at the central London office of Donald Insall Associates, located at 12 Devonshire Street, W1G 7AB. Doors will open at 6.30pm, with wine served before the lecture begins at 7pm. The lecture will last approximately 1 hour, with a further 10-20 minutes for questions.


We will host a wine and cheese reception after the lecture, which will finish at 9.30pm.

The lecture per person costs £20 members, £15 YIG members, and £25 non-members.


For further information, please contact the event organiser:

Ashleigh Murray - ashleigh_mur@hotmail.com (078 3776 6974)

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