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Antiques at the School to delight treasure hunters

Guests invited to discover value of their antiques at charity ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style event.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Antique enthusiasts will have the chance to find out if they have treasure hiding in their houses on Sunday 7 February, at a special ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style event at St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown, Jenkinstown, County Kilkenny in aid of its Literacy Lift Off programme.

The inaugural ‘Antiques at the School’ event will have experts from record-making Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on hand to value antiques and will offer guests free car parking. A choice of enticing refreshments will also be provided. Legendary Kilkenny livestock auctioneer George F. Candler will act as event MC.

Peter Ring, chairperson of the Parents’ Association of St Joseph’s National School said:
“If you’ve always wanted to know the value of your antiques and whether or not that vase gathering dust in your cupboard is actually worth a fortune, then don’t miss your chance to find out at ‘Antiques at the School’.

You can bring along as many antiques as you like - or even just photos of your items - to have them valued by experts from Sheppard’s. We owe a huge amount of gratitude to Sheppard’s for their support and to George Candler and we look forward to welcoming old friends and new at Clinstown school.”

Fine art auctioneer Philip Sheppard from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House said:
“Antiques continue to fascinate people of all ages. There is something very exciting about the prospect that an ordinary looking item that you might have picked up at a car boot sale could actually be worth much more than you think. The history that’s attached to items can be very intriguing – uncovering the story that’s lurking beneath the surface of an antique is all part of the fun and the appeal.”

“This event is a great opportunity to find out what your antiques might be worth and to learn more about the history behind them. If you’ve ever wondered about a treasure in your home then bring it along to ‘Antiques at the School’. Not only might you be in the money but you’ll be helping a local school tool-up to educate our greatest treasures, our children.’

‘Antiques at the School’ will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 7 February and all proceeds will go towards the Literacy Lift Off programme at St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown. Each item will cost €5 to be valued, or €10 for three items to be valued. Additional items will cost €2 to be valued. Admission is free for people who get items valued and for children, and a €5 contribution is suggested for all other attendees. Images of items too bulky to bring to the valuation can be emailed to or contact Michelle Brophy at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House on 057 874 0000.


For further information or to organise a photo opportunity or interview, please contact Peter Ring on 087 938 4669 or

Notes for editors about Antiques at the School

• Antiques at the School will be held at St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown on
Sunday 7 February 2016 from 2pm – 4pm.
• St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown is located on the N77.
• Driving time: c.10 minutes north from Kilkenny City.
• Antiques experts from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House, Durrow will be in attendance.
• Legendary Kilkenny livestock auctioneer George F. Candler will act as event MC and will bring the event together smoothly, inspirationally and professionally.
• Antique valuations will cost €5 per item, €10 for three items and €2 for additional items.
• Admission: Free for children, students, senior citizens and people who get antiques valued.
• €5 contribution is suggested for all other attendees.
• No limit on the number of items accepted for valuation.
• Too bulky to bring? Bring images or email them (prior to event) to
• 100% of the proceeds from Antiques at the School will go towards funding the school’s Literacy Lift Off programme.

Note: Literacy Lift Off is an intervention programme that gives children lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency and gradually lift the complexity of what they can do in both reading and writing.

About St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown

St Joseph’s National School, Clinstown, is a county Kilkenny co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory. One of three Conahy Parish schools, Clinstown has three full time teachers, including the Principal, and one shared Learning Support/Resource teacher. The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants through to Sixth Class and has a range of extracurricular activities available to its pupils. St Joseph’s first opened its doors in 1962 and lays claim to some of Ireland’s outstanding sporting men and women amongst it distinguished alumni.

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