#OTD in 2016 – Kerry County Museum paid €10,600 at auction to buy a Treasure Island-style map drawn by Sir Roger Casement to show where he had buried gold and other valuables after landing at Banna Strand on Good Friday 1916.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The map, and accompanying notes, kept by an agent in Britain’s MI5, went under the hammer at Chorley’s Auctioneers in Cheltenham, England on Tuesday with a top pre-sale estimate of £2,000 (€2,500). But, after what auctioneer Simon Chorley described as ‘frenzied bidding’, the hammer fell at £7,000 to an unnamed telephone bidder.

Kerry County Museum’s curator, Helen O’Carroll, confirmed that she had acquired the map and note for the museum’s collection with financial support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. When the buyer’s premium is added to the hammer price, the cost, at current exchange rates, will be about €10,600.

She said: ‘It’s a lot of money but this is going to be with us long after the 1916 centenary’.
The map, which Casement drew at the insistence of his interrogators in Scotland Yard, will go on public view in an already-planned exhibition, Casement in Kerry, at…

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