Treasure trove’s sale to create lots of delight

by Emma Nolan
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THE contents of the home of late Dun Laoghaire man John Morrissey (right) are to be auctioned off this weekend.

A passionate collector and well-known in the community, Mr Morrissey lived at No 15, Royal Terrace West until he passed away in September 2014.

The house itself has just been sold, but the contents will be auctioned by Matthews Auctioneers in the home on Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23.

Mr Morrissey was ‘a magpie collector’ with a truly diverse taste in items, and the house contains approximately 1,200 lots in total.

John and Breda Morrissey moved into the house with their young family from a smaller home nearby in 1973. Three generations since have happy memories of the family home.

An enthusiastic gardener, Mr Morrissey planted a vine in the rear room of the house in the spring that they moved in and with great care cultivated it into what is has become today – an abundant source of fruit for the family, and all their neighbours on the terrace.

He was known as a quiet but sociable man who, in his retirement, often left the back garden gate into the rear lane open, in anticipation of neighbours calling by for a chat, or to sample the grapes as they ripened for the annual harvest, in what was known a neighbourhood event.

Auctioneer Damien Matthews told The Gazette that the family are sad to see the house and its contents go, but hope it will be as happy a home for its new owners, and that bidders at this weekend’s auction get as much enjoyment from it as Mr Morrissey did from his collecting.

A catalogue of the contents can be viewed on Highlights include antique furniture, rare art, sculptures, clocks, silver and even an antique Nordic cast-iron shield.

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