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Ref: 4243

Ireland, the Tailteann Games, Dublin 1932, silver prize medal, unsigned (by O.Sheppard)

 

 

Obv: crowned bust of Queen Tailte left, AN BAINRIOGAN TAILTE (Queen Tailte) around in old Irish script

 

Rev: Celtic strapwork circle with shields of the four provinces of Ireland around border, AONAC TAILTEANN BAILE ATHA CLIATH 1932 within in old Irish script (Tailteann Games Dublin

 

 

Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 51mm

 

Notes: the Tailteann Games, founded in honour of Queen Tailte, apparently began in 632 BC, and continued annually almost without interruption at Tara until the the Norman invasion of 1169 AD. After the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, they were revived as a four-yearly event, taking place in 1924, 1928 and 1932. The Depression and 'The Emergency" (the Second World War) saw that they were discontinued and not subsequently revived. The fact of the Games' revival, the marked Irish artwork and Irish language on this medal are indicative of the conscious revival of Irish culture after independence from the United Kingdom.

 

Price 295

Ireland, the Tailteann Games, Dublin 1932, silver prize medal

Ireland, the Tailteann Games, Dublin 1932, silver prize medal

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