Green day for antiques in Durrow

SHEPPaRDS Auction House in Durrow are sponsoring an antiques valuation day for charity on the green in Durrow.

SHEPPaRDS Auction House in Durrow are sponsoring an antiques valuation day for charity on the green in Durrow.

From 2.30pm until 5pm on Saturday, June 9 some of Ireland’s leading antique specialists will be on hand to value precious items or family heirlooms for members of the public.

The day, which is also a fundraiser for the Jack & Jill Foundation will include fun for kids, with free entertainment laid on.

The Jack & Jill Foundation provides nursing care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to the parents and families. They rely mainly on donations for services which cost €3 million to run.

“The day is for kids and about kids, there is two aspects to the day - valuing collections and the kids entertainment,” Philip Sheppard explained,

“We will have leading specialists down on the day and we are encouraging people if they have sports memorabilia, such as medals or minute books from meetings, to bring them along.

“But we will also have experts in jewellery, chinese ceramics and maps among other.”

There will also be free advice on how to look after family heirlooms on the day.

“The day is really gaining momentum now. The Durrow Development Forum have rowed in behind us and will be providing the tents and local business and clubs are also very supportive.

“It’s a real community effort now. The community are coming together to do something positive.” said Mr Sheppard.

Sheppards have also organised an abundance of entertainment to ensure that young and old enjoy the experience.

“We will have free ice-cream for the kids, Jeca the Clown is also coming down. There will be free live classical music recital, 1930’s motorcycles and cars and the Durrow High Nellie Club,” he said

The public are also encouraged to get into the spirit of the day and come dressed in vintage clothes. A competition will take place for the best dressed,