An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

British army chaplain Fr Ned Dowling’s diary includes account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields

Sick Tinker Child by Louis le Brocquy sold for £266,500 in London, having sold in Dublin for €963,000 in 2006

Famous Irish artist’s paintings plunge in value, down by two-thirds in just eight years

The Village of Kilmallock, Co Limerick – a photo-realist painting by Mark Kelly, with a €1,000-€2,000 estimate, failed to sell

‘Core collection’ not part of sale as ESB says it remains ‘committed to supporting the arts in Ireland’

Detail from  a Christmas card published by the Cuala Press

Set of early 20th-century Irish Christmas cards is among highlights in the latest catalogue from De Búrca Rare Books

Detail from ‘Early Morning in Donegal’ by Paul Henry which sold for €160,00

The annual Christmas auction of Irish art suggests that the market is in good health

“Watercolour by Louis le Brocquy done at St Gerard’s School, October 1930”  sold for €2,800

Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction in RDS included one of Irish artist’s earliest known works

‘Returning Home, Connemara’ attributed to James John Hill was sold for €3,700

Top price of €34,000 achieved for painting by 19th century Irish artist Augustus Burke

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