A rare 15th-century gilded silver cup photographed last year by a mysterious Irish businessman has been loaned to a Philadelphia university. It made its debut in an exhibition there last week, before most likely finally finding a home in the National Museum of Ireland.
dates back to about 1480, Irish independence reported last July that this very rare piece is now housed in a specially authorized display stand designed to make it appear to be floating in mid-air. It sold last year for around €58,000, after garnering global interest and is expected to sell for up to €12,000.
It may have been hidden or buried after moving out of Ireland, after Henry VIII ordered the reform of religious institutions and the dissolution of monasteries.
“Its origin is a story of wonder and mystery. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies at Villanova University, said it may have been taken by Cromwellian soldiers after burning or looting a monastery near Cork.
Griffin sells £29m London mansion
John Griffin, the Mayo-born minicab magnate who sold Addison Lee for €357m in 2013, has put on the market a stunning £29m (£34.5m) mansion overlooking London’s Regent’s Park. Designed by John Nash, the architect behind Buckingham Palace, the five-story stake dates back to 1811.
A philanthropist and Tory party sponsor in recent years, Griffin – who did not call back to seek comment – plans to spend more time at his other UK home.
The billionaire said he would use some of the proceeds for charity. The former institutions are the Finito educational institution, and a biomedical research center in west London.
O’Connell arrives at Armstrong’s new office
American law firm Armstrong Teasdale will open an office in Dublin, led by Irishman Daniel O’Connell. He currently leads the business in Europe and is the managing partner of UK law firm Kerman & Co, which Armstrong Teasdale acquired last year.
Armstrong Teasdale was founded in St Louis, Missouri, at the end of the last century and has 13 offices and 670 employees across the US and UK. It is on the cusp of major expansion and sees Dublin as ‘an important part of its growth strategy’.
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