first_imgA rugby jersey worn by a Donegal-born rugby star has fetched an astonishing £180,000 (€243,000) at auction.The man himself Dave GallaherThe All Blacks rugby jersey, dating back 110 years, belonged to Dave Gallaher.Gallagher, born in Ramelton, wore the shirt during the 1905 tour of the British Isles and swapped it with Wales captain Gwyn Nicholls after a match. It went under the hammer at Rogers Jones & Co in Cardiff where it had been expected to sell for £20,000 – £40,000.The buyer was based in the UK and bid over the phone.After getting the shirt, Nicholls subsequently gave it to a van boy at his laundry business, Thomas Mahoney, whose family have kept it ever since.David Rogers Jones, of Rogers Jones & Co, said: “We’re totally astonished. The bidding started off at about £35,000 and lasted for about 10 minutes, going up and up and up.“We were hoping to break the previous world record for a rugby shirt of £22,000 and have certainly done that.” A bronze statue of Gallaher, who died in 1917 in Belgium while serving in World War One, was unveiled outside the home of New Zealand rugby, Eden Park, in 2011.Donegal is very proud of its connections with Gallaher and Letterkenny Rugby Club have even named their ground after the star.His grand niece visited the club on the shores of Lough Swilly only last week while visiting Ireland.Rob Love, who was instrumental in bringing some of the All Black stars to Letterkenny to help open their park, said “Donegal is very proud of its connections with Dave Gallaher and the fact that h was born here.“It’s a pity we don’t have a couple of those jerseys sitting about but we’re still very proud to be associated with all that Dave Gallaher achieved.” DONEGAL-BORN RUGBY STAR’S JERSEY SELLS FOR INCREDIBLE €243,000 was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:All BlacksDAVE GALLAHERRameltonRUGBYlast_img

DONEGAL-BORN RUGBY STAR’S JERSEY SELLS FOR INCREDIBLE €243,000

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