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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 7, February 12, 2006, Article 16

FINDER SEEKS OWNER OF LOST 1938 GOLD IRISH FOOTBALL MEDAL

The Laois Nationalist of Ireland published a report this
week on a Dublin man seeking to locate the rightful owner of
a 1938 gold medal he discovered:

"The medal in question is a Leinster senior football championship
winner's medal from 1938 when Laois beat Kildare to win their
third title in a row during a glorious period for the county.

The medal in fact is in the possession of a Dublin man, Peter
Hennessy, and the Wicklow connection came from the fact that
he found it some 20 years ago on a landfill site in the Garden
County and now all those years afterwards he is trying to find
its owner or his family.

Now there have been many instances of illegal dumping in
Wicklow but disposing of a gold piece is certainly unusual! "

'It was up in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains and I
got down from the truck and was wearing a pair of runners
when something stuck into the sole of one of them. I reached
down to pull it out and realised that it looked like a brooch.
It was all dirty and damp so I took it home and cleaned it up
and it was shiny and gold but having no interest in football
I had no idea what it was,' he said."

'Then a while ago in the local friends of mine, PJ Browne
and Gus Keating, were talking about medals and I told them
of the one I had at home and I brought it in and they knew
straight away that it was a 1938 winners medal and that it
was pure gold and that is how you were contacted.'

'I have it sitting in a drawer for years and lads have said
to me to put it on ebay and sell it but I have no interest
in that and I would love to find out who owns it. The man
who won it is probably dead but I am sure the family would
love to have it. Croke Park would probably like to have it
for their museum now but I would rather give it back to the
family if possible or at least we will try.'

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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