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Donegal Antique Fair – Sunday 5th January 2020

Limerick Toy Fair – Sunday 5th January 2020

Christmas Greetings to one and all!

I’m sneaking off early to deal with Christmas preparations. You can still email me but don’t expect a speedy response. I’d like to thank all my friends and subscribers who have made this year on Collect Ireland my best yet and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Something a little special for Christmas?

Two giants of the Irish Art World face off at the forthcoming Alderfer Auction, Pennsylvania, USA on Thursday 12th December.

Paul Henry’s iconic oil on panel “Lough Derg” (24″ x 22″) carries a low estimate of $30,000/$50,000 and comes with the provenance of at one time belonging to the late Sean T O’Kelly, President of Ireland (1945-59). This painting was used on various railway company and tourist industry posters over the years but they are as nothing to the original which has a real “wow” factor to it.

Up against this masterpiece is yet another indescribable oil on board daub from Jack B Yeats titled “Sea and Lake” (9.25″ x 14″) and carrying the same estimate as the Paul Henry! I know which I’d rather hang on my wall.

Online bidding is available through the auction portal at:

One for the one you love and one for the mother-in law?

Update: the Paul Henry sold for $37,500 and the Yeats for $42,500 both plus 25% buyer’s premium.

Dublin City Book Fair – Sunday 1st December

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South Dublin Antiques Fair – Dun Laoghaire

Loch Garman Antiques – Ferns – Well worth a call!

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Loch Garmann Antiques & Collectables just outside the village of Ferns in County Wexford and was very pleasantly surprised! My experiences of visiting similar outlets over the years has generally been quite disappointing between the tat being offered and the prices being sought.

Loch Garman Antiques & Collectables is run by William Plummer and has been operating for two years from his premises at Lodgewood, Ferns Y21E6PN. Unlike many similar operations there is little in the way of repro items to be found here and William’s large, and eclectic, stock ranges from old enamel advertising signs, breweriana, radios, cameras, paper ephemera, vintage shop stock, clothing, toys, comics, rural bygones and a lot more besides.

William is happy to take time out to chat to customers and unlike a lot of dealers has a good knowledge of what he is selling. The business is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 8.00pm and the latest news can be found on his Facebook page here: Loch-Garman-Antiques

Be sure to call in if your visiting County Wexford and don’t forget to tell him we sent you!

People’s Art – St.Stephen’s Green

National Antique Fair – 9th/10th November 2019

Ballymena Antiques Fair – Sunday 3rd Nov. 2019