The purpose of the Badminton Museum of Ireland is to preserve the great heritage of Irish Badminton and to make the general badminton public aware of it.


I received an interesting comment in relation to the historic item in the last issue. This featured a report of the 1951 match between Ireland and England. My correspondent noted that that Scott Huey did not win his games on that night but he is in the Cricket record books as the last bowler to dismiss famous English player, Len Hutton, in first class cricket.

The historic item previews two contrasting events in 1976. Whilst the major event in that year was the holding of the European Championships in Dublin Vera McWeeney notes the importance of developing young players for the overall health of the game. Leinster's connection with this event in Nottingham has endured up to now and is still a major competition for Under age players. It is noteworthy that four of that team went on to represent Ireland at full International Level. We are grateful to the Peard Collection for this article.

The Gallery item is a photograph of a successful Pembroke team of 1952, which won the Irish Senior Cup and the Leinster Senior League and Cup. This was a very strong side with Jim FitzGibbon, Des Lacey, Barbara Good and Jean Lawless, all of whom represented Ireland on many occasions. Jack Morton may have been somewhat better known for the "Jack Morton Circus" which educated and entertained many club players in many venues. Billy Kelly was mother of great Irish player Yvonne Kelly. We are grateful to Jack Lee for the donation of this photograph

Any comments and suggestions about this website would be gratefully received.

Dick O’Rafferty


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