1887 All-Ireland medal fetches €26,500 at auction

The oldest All-Ireland football medal known to exist has sold at auction in London for three times its guide price.

The gold medal won by man-of-the-match Malachi O'Brien at the first ever All-Ireland football final fetched €26,500 at Sotheby's this morning.

Commercials of Limerick beat Young Irelands of Louth in the 1887 final, which was actually played in April 1888.

O'Brien's winner's medal was bought by the Limerick Leader newspaper group, which is planning to put in on display in the city.

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