Memorabilia honouring ‘Heroes of Collooney’ to be auctioned

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Rare memorabilia items associated with the famous 1798 ‘Battle of Collooney’ are being put on sale by the Adams Auction House in Dublin.

HISTORY: The Collooney Cup stands over 70 centimetres tall from plinth base to lid tip.  The guide price for the cup is €20,000-25,000.  It will be auctioned on April 19.
HISTORY: The Collooney Cup stands over 70 centimetres tall from plinth base to lid tip. The guide price for the cup is €20,000-25,000. It will be auctioned on April 19.

The items, which include a presentation cup, a dress sword and medals, were awarded to the Limerick City Militia who took on the French in the Co. Sligo town.

Speaking to the Sligo Weekender, local historian Aidan Mannion offered some insight on the history of the battle.

“The cup and the sword were presented to Colonel Charles Vereker of the Limerick City Militia who came to Collooney to take on the French, led by General Humbert,” he explained.
“Locally it is known as the Battle of Carricknagat and the Teeling monument, which is just on the entrance into Colloney, commemorates Bartholomew Teeling who fought in the battle.”

For more on this story see this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper – in shops now, or get your digital edition here on www.sligoweekender.ie.

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