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Lot 800/0303

SOLD Hammer price: €1900, Estimate: €2000-3000

The American Invasion 1888″First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America”Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888, Hurling, an attractive and unusual silver Medal by E. Johnson, Dublin, the obverse in Celtic Cross shape, with crossed hurls through centre inscribed G.A.A. 1888, an extremely rare and unusual early G.A.A. (hurling) Medal. (1)* Cusack, Croke & Davin fostered the idea of sending top Irish athletes and hurlers to America with the view of strengthening the interest of the exiles in their native pastimes. The venture cost over œ1,000, however the sum was not acquired, but the G.A.A. took the plunge and 51 invaders left for the “states” in September 1888. The voyage took 9 days,eventually anchoring in New York Harbour. The Programme commenced with a hurling match (the above medal). The Press declared There is Nothing in the World to compare with Irish Hurling, thus was the first time hurling was played on American soil. * Inscribed on Reverse; 1st Prize Peter Kennedy.

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