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.


The item in the Historical section is included because it records one of those one-point wins that England achieved over Ireland and so maintaining their unbeaten record. It is probably also noteworthy that Ireland gained a point in the ladies doubles. The reference to Miss Homan is a bit misleading as she was in fact capped prior to Mrs. Head but she obviously gained valuable experience playing with the redoubtable Mrs. Head. In reading such reports it is useful to compare matters with the present time. It is interesting that the International match was played during the championships and also that handicap events were included. It is good to note the size of the crowd was a problem for the organisers.

The Gallery Item shows the combined Irish and Malayan teams that played an unofficial match in Derry. It was a remarkable that Ireland could have secured the visit of such an illustrious team and the ability of the Irish team, particularly Peard and FitzGibbon must have been a factor. I suspect that fans must have been disappointed that Wong Penn Soon was not able to play.

I am grateful to a number of people for memorabilia and I will be displaying these in due course. All offers of loans or donations will be gratefully accepted

Dick O’Rafferty


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