Bloody Sunday First Anniversary Tournament Excessively Rare ...





Bloody Sunday First Anniversary Tournament Excessively Rare Gold Medal G.A.A. Football: A magnificent and excessively rare 9ct gold circular Medal, the obverse finely engraved with an Irish sportsman, togged out and standing in front of a goalpost 'holding a rifle in his hands, two hurley sticks, a sliotar and a football lying in foreground, and decorated with shamrocks overhead, the reverse inscribed ''Presented by The Irish Natl. Assurance Co., 1921 Anniversary T'ment. Won by Tipp. J. Kickham.'' The loop suspension flanked either side with engraved shamrock. In immaculate condition. (1) * This medal was awarded to Jack Kickham (C.J. Kickhams Club of Mullinahone) who played full forward for Tipperary on that faithful day. Jack was born at Ballydavid, Mullinahone into a farming family and community where he remained up to his death. He was a member of the Mullinahone Team that brought the first ever Senior County Football Title to the Village in 1912. He progressed to become a full member of the Tipperary County Team along with his club mate Ned Egan. They were narrowly defeated by Kerry in the Munster semi-final of 1919, a match that took place on May 25th, less than a fortnight after the Knocklong Rescue of Sean Hogan by Sean Treacy, Dan Breen and others, in which two policemen were killed. After this incident, South Tipperary became an armed camp and all G.A.A. and other Sporting Activities ceased. Jack was a quiet man and reputed to be one who avoided the limelight at all costs, but one who would have surely won more honours from his sporting prowess except for the turbulent times that existed when he was in his prime. Nevertheless, he will forever be remembered with pride in his native village. An extremely rare memento of this extraordinary day in G.A.A. History.

Auction Date: 9th Dec 2020 at 10:30am

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