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Ever dreamt of owning a Dáil clock that plays 'God Save The Queen'?

Probably not, we’re guessing…

A CLOCK THAT until recently stood in the Dáil is to be sold tomorrow.

The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock, a 200-year-old Grandfather clock, is being sold off along with hundreds of other lots as the heirlooms of the Guinness family of Furness House go under the hammer tomorrow at the Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare.

Apart from its distinguished history, the clock has another odd feature – it plays the air to British national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’.

The clock was initially loaned to the Oireachtas by businessman Frank Kerins in 2007 before being damaged in recent times by the heating system in Leinster House.

clock2 Source: Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers

The auctioneers’ catalogue describes the piece as “a highly important and monumental mahogany Longcase Clock.

The sale, being run by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, expects the clock to fetch in the region of €90,000.

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