Nicky's All-Ireland medal sells for €17.5k
A MEDAL belonging to 1950s Wexford hurling legend, Nicky Rackard has fetched €17,500 at auction.
While sports fans are among the most avid collectors of memorabilia, the All-Ireland winning medal of the Wexford hurling legend was the most notable to come to auction at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers yesterday.
The 1955 All-Ireland hurling medal was won by Rackard, who was full-forward on the great Wexford team that defeated Galway to win the championship for the first time since 1910.
The estimate for the medal was €7,000 to €10,000, but such was the interest generated it fetched a record figure for an All-Ireland GAA medal.
Rackard was one of the best-known sportsmen of mid-20th century Ireland and is regarded as one of hurling's all-time greats. He revolutionised the game with the great Wexford team of the fifties, going on to set records that may never be equalled, while also being a back-room member of the great teams of the sixties that added to the counties All-Ireland winning list.
He became a veterinary surgeon on his retirement from the sport.
His death in 1976, at the young age of 53, cast a gloom over the hurling fraternity throughout the country.