Our firm was originally founded in 1934 by Fonsie’s late Father. From the start the company ran successful Antique and Fine Art Auctions at their premises in Castlecomer and throughout Ireland. In the late 1970’s Fonsie joined the firm and in addition to the established Antiques and Fine Art business, he established a Rare Book Department. He has become well known as an expert valuer and auctioneer of rare books, manuscripts, fine art, antiques and paintings.
We are one of Ireland’s leading specialist auction houses and have become recognised both nationally and internationally as the premier specialists in Irish historical artefacts, rare books, fine art, paintings, furniture, silver, sporting memorabilia, manuscripts and maps.
Fonsie’s son, George Fonsie, works with him now in the firm since he joined in 2004, and the business continues to thrive under the directorship of both Father and Son. With over 50 years’ experience combined, Fonsie and George Fonsie are well placed to offer a truly professional and personal service.
Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers will continue to be located in the existing premises at the Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Kilkenny. We hold auctions at our premises on Chatsworth Street, also in Dublin and regionally at country house locations throughout Ireland. We offer clients the facility of bidding online from anywhere in the world through www.thesaleroom.com and also by telephone and absentee bidding.
“We pride ourselves on offering not only a professional service but also a service with a personal touch”. – Fonsie Mealy Director
Fonsie was educated in Rockwell College and entered the family business upon completing school at 18. He has since then, helped develop his fathers legacy into the thriving and diverse business of Fine & Decorative Arts. Under his guidance the business also developed into further specialised areas of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Historical Documents. Fonsie was elected President of the RDS in 2009, having been a member since 1995. He is a past President of Rotary International Kilkenny, and of Kilkenny Rugby Club. He is a Fellow of the RICS and a Commissioner of Oaths. Fonsie lives in Castlecomer with his wife Eileen. They have four children and three grandchildren.
About George Fonsie:
George was educated in Coláiste na Rinne and Clongowes Wood College and then the National College of Ireland from where he received a BA in European Business & Languages. He spent many summers helping out in the family business and joined officially in 2005 having completed a Diploma in Fine & Decorative Art. He lives in Castlecomer with his wife Eimear, and they have two children.
About George Snr:
The late George Snr founded Mealy Auctioneers in 1934. He, along with his wife, the late Anastatia (Statia) were successful in establishing a business that would demonstrate durability and longevity. The firm remains a thriving business and one of Ireland’s leading auction houses.