Kehoe’s, South Anne Street – another institution!

I can’t visit Dublin without popping into Kehoe’s pub on South Anne Street. Sadly when working I have to restrict myself to coffee and a toasted sandwich – this always seems like sacrilege in such august surroundings. Truly unique, unchanged for more than a century this pub is a veritable oasis in a city full […]

Whistlestop visit to Dublin.

Appropriately April 1st saw me visit the Capital to do one last check on antiques dealers for my forthcoming guide to collecting – now titled ‘Collect Ireland’ – and, as usual, some shops had closed down while others had moved location. At 88 Francis Street I called into the well stocked premises of Sean McGahan […]

South East Salvage, Gorey, Co.Wexford

Despite the miserable weather today I had a chance to nip up to Gorey for a long promised visit to the premises of South East Salvage – a short distance out of town off the Courtown Road. A well stocked salvage yard with all the usual bricks, slates, timber, garden seats, pumps etc. and two […]

Collecting: Railway Letter Stamps

In the days when the Post Office held a complete monopoly of the mails it was possible for the private individual or business to also send post by rail, by affixing the normal postage stamp plus a railway company stamp and presenting it at their nearest station for forwarding by the next available service. This […]

Gallery 29 – A Special Place!

Travel posters, particularly those from the 1920/50s are still a comparatively cheap way of acquiring the work of well known Irish artists such as Paul Henry, Maurice Wilks, Hugo d’Alesi and Norman Wilkinson. While prices have increased steeply in recent years with a Paul Henry poster of Lough Derg now costing anything up to €2,000 […]

Keighery’s Waterford City Auctions

I attended my first auction for some years on Monday last at Keighery’s of Waterford – a venue that I had been meaning to check out for sometime and I was not disappointed. The salesrooms are just round the corner from the Tower Hotel and there is plenty of safe on-street car parking. Having not […]