North County Leader

Your No.1 Local Newspaper

Haughey To The Hammer

Whether you love him or hate him the truth is that former Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s legacy will go down in Irish history. Haughey, who died in 2006, was at the helm of political power in this country over various years from 1979 to 1992 and his long-standing impact on Irish politics spanned across five decades. However Haughey’s political legacy was overshadowed by tribunal revelations toward the end of his life. But whether or not you regard him as a hero or villain, locals are now being offered the opportunity to purchase their very own piece of Haughey’s legacy. Haughey had resided at his 235 acre estate, Abbeville in Kinsealy, until it was sold in 2003 and was a familiar figure around the North County. Residue artworks from his Abbeville Estate in Kinsealy will be up for auction in James Adams Salerooms on Stephen’s Green this evening, March 3rd at 6.00pm. The Abbeville Estate was home to large volumes of artworks dating from the 20th century and clearly highlights not just his love of the arts and culture but also the lifestyle enjoyed by our former Taoiseach. North County locals looking to pick up a piece of the Haughey history can bid for almost 100 pieces at tonight’s auction. The paintings up for sale include scenes from a host of well known areas across the country to coastal themes and scenic landscapes and also on offer are a number of bronze and wooden busts. Telling of Haughey’s love of horses there are also a number of paintings that focus on horse racing as well as portraits of his horse Flashing Steel, who won the Grand National in 1995. One painting features the man himself aboard his well known motor-sailing yacht the Celtic Mist. Despite the negativity that shrouded the end of his political career Charles Haughey is often considered as one of the greatest contributors to Irish Politics in recent years and North County locals can now have a part in securing his legacy.