Dundalk collector’s Hitler painting no longer attributed to Nazi leader

The painting which had been attributed to Adolf Hitler

The painting which had been attributed to Adolf Hitler

Auctioneers Mealy’s has amended its description of a painting “attributed to Adolf Hitler” ahead of next week’s fine art auction. Lot 534 in Tuesday’s sale is catalogued as a watercolour “attributed to Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)” with an estimate of €1,000-€1,500.

Mealy’s announced the attribution earlier this month having researched the painting, and looked at other known examples of surviving works by Hitler. The auctioneers acknowledged that the attribution was controversial and invited comments from “expert opinion”.

The painting depicts a stretch of the Suffolk coastline in England, a view of Walberswick from Southwold, which adds to its mystique. The attribution, if proven, would suggest that Hitler had visited England, a contention doubted by most historians.

Mealy’s has now withdrawn the formal attribution to Hitler “in light of the notorious difficulties associated with accurately attributing his work”, and said the identity of the artist remains a mystery.

The painting was found in a job lot at an auction in England last year by an anonymous Dundalk collector. When he removed the frame to clean the glass he discovered the signature “A.H.” which had been obscured.

Hitler did work as an artist in Vienna during the early 20th century and is believed to have sold many paintings. But his artistic career ended following his rejection for a place in the city’s art school.

The theory that Hitler could have visited England during this time is based on claims made by his Irish in-law. Hitler had a half-brother Alois Hitler, a waiter at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel who married Dubliner Bridget Dowling and the couple moved to Liverpool. In her memoirs, Bridget Hitler claimed that during a five-month period, between 1911 and 1912, Adolf Hitler spent five months visiting the couple in England before he returned to Germany and infamy. Her claim is widely disputed by historians. Paintings attributed to Hitler occasionally turn up at auction but most of the big international auction houses do not assess, value or sell his work.

Source: The Irish Times

Halford lands double as Dundalk Stadium celebrates its 10th birthday

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Mick Halford landed a double in the two most valuable races on the Dundalk card last night, both of them ridden by Shane Foley.

It was an evening to remember at Dundalk Stadium as it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its opening on November 29th 2003.

Foley overcame a wide draw on the 5-4 favourite Princess Pearlita in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden, quickly tacking across and leading before securing a convincing victory by two and three-quarter lengths.

He also led all the way on Irish Cambridgeshire runner-up Regulation in the Christmas Race & Dine Packages Handicap, though the 15-8 favourite had to pull out the stops to hold off market rival Toccata Blue before winning by a length and a quarter.

Chris Hayes and Kevin Prendergast were also in double form, striking first when 13-2 chance Danseur De Feu took the second division of the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Handicap by a length and three-quarters, breaking her duck at the 11th attempt.

They followed up with Crafty Codger in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Nursery.

The 7-4 favourite, without a win in nine previous runs, came down the outside to lead at the two pole before being driven a length and a half clear of outsider Fight U For It, who had led at the top of the straight.

Punters who took the hint as champion jockey Joseph O’Brien linked up with Gordon Elliott were rewarded when the tough five-year-old Goal landed his fifth success of the year in the Christmas Parties At Dundalk Handicap.

O’Brien rode a patient race on the 6-1 chance and swept down the outside to chase Ned’s Indian hard into the final furlong before getting on top to win by a length and a quarter.

Takashi Kodama’s 11-4 shot Hoe Hoe was an eyecatcher when fourth on her debut at the track at the beginning of the month and she stepped up on that to take the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden, clearing away under Fran Berry to win by two lengths.

National title for Dundalk boxer

Dundalk’s Paul Broadhurst is a national champion again after winning his fight at the finals of the National Intermediate Championships at the National Stadium last night.

Paul, who was an Irish champion twice before, claimed the light-middleweight belt after beating eight-time Irish champion Kieran Forde.

Well done to the Dealgan boxer on his latest success, which caps a fantastic year for the Broadhurst family.

Dundalk development lands close to being sold

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Land at Lisnawully, just off the Carrickmacross Road, is close to being sold after going sale agreed in recent days.

The 12.5 acre piece of land was on the market with Dublin-based estate agents Ganly Walters for an undisclosed amount.

Currently in agricultural use, the property benefits from 11.7 acres of residential 2 zoned lands, with a further 0.8 acres of land zoned recreation, amenities and open space.

The land is accessed via the Deer Park Road, which is a residential cul de sac that serves four houses and the subject lands. The surrounding area is predominantly residential in nature and the lands adjoin the Lis na Dara estate to the east and agricultural lands to the north and west.

The lands are set in a parkland setting and are laid out in three paddocks and had been envisaged for future phases of Lis na Dara.

Attempted snatching in Dundalk

We’ve received the following email from a number of people and while we haven’t been able to confirm its authenticity as yet, we thought we’d err on the side of caution and warn people to be vigilant…

At approximately 4pm yesterday at the junction of Ashling Park and the Ecco Road, across the road from the Clans, a man tried to talk a 12-year-old girl into his car, telling her to “get in and open her bag.”

The man is believed to be driving a blue Fiat Stilo.

We are working to confirm this happened but in the meantime, better safe than sorry. No one wants Christmas ruined.

Dundalk breaks World Record with 6,000 taking part in Santa Run

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Dundalk was a sea of red and white tonight as it broke a new world record as around 6,000 took place in the Santa Run from the Redemptorist Church to the Market Square.

The initial figure was thought to be around 5,000 but Dundalk Tourist Office is reporting that the figure is now in or around the 6,000 mark. An exact figure has still to be determined but it comfortably broke the target of 4,000.

Well done to all concerned.

Picture credit: Masterpiece Aerial Photography.

Butler and Dearey to contest local elections for Green Party

The Green Party have announced their candidates for next May’s Local Elections in Louth.

Sitting councillors Mark Dearey and Marianne Butler will be battling to retain their seats in Dundalk-Carlingford and Dundalk South respectively.

Their nominations come after Fine Gael and Sinn Féin both revealed their local election candidates in recent weeks.

A Senator from February 2010 to February 2011, Cllr Dearey was first elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2004, before being re-elected and elected onto the county council in 2009.

The Spirit Store publican also contested the 2007 General Election and last year was selected as the Green Party’s non-parliamentary spokesperson for Finance.

His sister-in-law Marianne Butler was first elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2009 and was later co-opted onto the county council in February 2010 following Dearey’s election to the Seanad.

Cllr Butler, who hails from the Quay, is also a former chair of Dundalk Town Council.

Jean McConville kidnap van driver may be in the UK

Jean McConville, whose body was found in North Louth 10 years ago

Jean McConville, whose body was found in North Louth 10 years ago

The driver of a van used to transport Jean McConville, the Belfast mother-of-10 shot dead by the IRA more than 40 years ago, may be living in Britain, police have revealed.

He was a teenager at the time, who left the city after the murder, but who later contacted the McConville family to disclose his part in her abduction.

Mrs McConville, 37, a widow, was taken from her home at Divis Flats in west Belfast in December 1972. Her remains were found on a beach in North Louth in August 2003.

Detectives from the PSNI’s serious crime branch, who are investigating the murder, are trying to trace the van driver who was aged around 16 at the time.

He was told to steal the van used in the abduction.

Mrs McConville was dragged from some of her screaming children and taken to a house in another part of west Belfast, believed to be Beechmount.

The driver left before she was taken away by the IRA and shot in the head for allegedly working as an informer for the British Army.

The allegation is vehemently denied by her family and Nuala O’Loan, the former Police Ombudsman, whose own inquiry into the murder was highly critical of the original investigation by the RUC.

The teenager moved to England shortly afterwards and only found out later Mrs McConville was murdered.

She was one of the 17 Disappeared, who were murdered by the Provisionals and secretly buried.

He contacted the family and spoke with one of her daughters, Helen McKendry.

It was the year before the first of two major excavation operations in 1999 just across the Irish border to try to locate the spot where she was buried.

Ms McKendry said: “He was very upset and he wanted me to know how he felt.

“He thought my mother was going to be returned to the family. He didn’t identify himself, but it must have been playing on his conscience. He felt others should maybe clear their consciences as well.”

A gang of 12, eight men and four women, are believed to have been involved.

One of them was allegedly Dolours Price, convicted of the 1973 Old Bailey bombing, who claimed she was ordered by Gerry Adams, now president of Sinn Féin, to abduct Mrs McConville.

Ms Price died last January, aged 61.

Mr Adams, a republican in Belfast at the time Mrs McConville vanished, has repeatedly denied any involvement in her murder, or that he was ever in the IRA.

Mrs McKendry, who met with him three times to discuss her mother’s disappearance before the remains were found by a man out walking his dog at Shelling Hill beach, 80km from Belfast, said he should be interviewed as part of the new police investigation.

“I do not understand why he hasn’t already been questioned. Why did they not arrest Dolours Price who took my mother to Co Louth? I hope Adams is questioned,” she said.

Source: RTÉ News.

Construction to commence on five local school projects next year

Construction work will commence on five schools next year as part of the government’s five-year capital investment programme.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn today unveiled 70 projects for next year, five of which are in Louth.

The major work in the area will be the construction of a new school at St Mary’s College. Also set to benefit from a new school is Ardee Educate Together NS.

Meanwhile, extensions have been granted for CBS Primary School in Chapel Street, Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer and St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda.

Planning granted for extension to Scoil Uí Mhuirí

scoil_ui_mhuiriLouth VEC have been granted planning permission for a two-storey extension to provide 26 new teaching spaces at Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer.

The 3,102 square metre extension will also include a special education needs unit, WC facilities, ancillary accommodation and associated circulation space including a passenger lift and three stairways.

In addition, the number of car parking spaces will be increased from 52 to 89.

Access to the new extension will be from the existing school entrance on the R170 and will involve the provision of one new set-down area with footpaths and lighting.

A pedestrian route to the school entrance will also be provided from the easternmost set-down area while the existing junction of the R170 and the L6252 roads will be upgraded to include the construction of a new roundabout and will involve road realignments to the existing road layout at this location.