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The Spanish Armada Table

Exactly 430 Years Ago This Week, A Galleon From The Spanish Armada Was One Of A Number Of Ill-Fated Ships To Founder

Off The Coast Near Doonbeg. Locals From All Over The Hinterland Descended On The Shore In Search Of Plunder.

The High Sheriff Of The County, Boethius Clancy, Rescued Ship Parts And Decorative Carvings From The Stricken Galleon

And Had Them Made Into A Grand Refectory Table. Long Regarded As One Of The Most Significant And Well-Documented

Pieces Of 16th/17th-Century Irish Furniture In Existence, The “Armada Table” Will Be Auctioned By Adam's At Its Country

House Collections Sale At Townley Hall, Near Drogheda, Co Louth, Next Month. It Carries An Estimate Of €100,000.

 

After Being Presented To The O’Brien Clan The Table Came Into The Possession Of The Lords Inchiquin. It Spent 300 Years

At Dromoland Castle, Co Clare Before Being Removed To Bunratty Castle, Co Limerick, Where It Has Been Seen And

Admired By Thousands Of Visitors. Nearly Three Metres Long, It Is Made From A Variety Of Timbers Including Oak And Tropical

Hardwoods. The Rectangular Top Sits On A Frieze Of A Dozen Carved Heads, With Four Carved Heraldic Lion Corner Supports

And Two Figures Of Hope And Charity, Which Would Originally Have Been Found On The Stern Of A Galleon.

“To Be Consigned What The Knight Of Glin Has Described As ‘One Of The Most Important And Earliest Pieces Of Irish

Furniture’ Is A Great Honour,” Said The Managing Director Of Adam’s, James O’Halloran.