Christy Sheppard, founder of auction house, passes away

The late Christy Sheppard.
Christopher “Christy” Sheppard, the founder of Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, passed away on January 7 aged 92.

Christopher “Christy” Sheppard, the founder of Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, passed away on January 7 aged 92.

He started the business in 1948 when he began selling second-hand furniture.

In the following decades he built a reputation for period Irish furniture that attracted collectors and dealers from throughout Ireland and the UK.

After retirement he remained interested in the family business, which now specialises in Chinese ceramics and historical documents.

Two years ago he watched online from his armchair at home in Erkina House as a small 18th century Chinese seal made of white jade sold for an astounding €630,000.

Mr Sheppard is survived by his wife Bernadette, daughter Angela, sons Michael, David and Declan, son in law Michael, daughters-in-law Teresa and Anne, grandchildren Ciara, Karen, James and David, nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was laid to rest in the graveyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Durrow on Friday January 9.