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Lot 688/7025

Estimate: €400-600

Fianna Fail Membership Card 1926
A founder’s Fianna Fail membership card dated 12.1.1926, issued to F[rederick] Cronin
of Sullivan’s Quay, Cork. Small green folded card, interior with quotations from Tone and Fintan Lalor, with a full monthly subscription record, January to December.
With a certificate confirming that Frederick J. Cronin is the registered proprietor of five shares in Irish Press Ltd., December 1928, signed by three officers of the company, with some related correspondence.
The stated date of issue of the Fianna Fail card is premature. De Valera withdrew from Sinn Fein in March 1926, and Fianna Fail was not officially launched until early May. Presumably the cards were backdated when issued, perhaps to provide immediate revenue. Founder’s cards are rare.

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