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 Gallery Item in this issue is rather unusual but it succinctly gives an indication of the records of Frank Devlin and his daughters Sue and Judy. I understand that the panel identified the celebrity guests just at the end of the programme.

The The Historical Item gives a very clear picture of the Irish Badminton scene in 1947. The game survived despite the many difficulties of travel and shuttle shortage. At least the black shuttles could be seen against light coloured walls!! The Dublin and District Leagues and Cups Committee will be glad to see that their predecessors were able to run off their competitions despite their difficulties. I wonder were postponed matches a problem back then. It is also interesting that inter-city matches were quite normal then and these must have benefitted players who may not have been selected for official Interprovincial Matches. This was the year that the Peard- FitzGibbon partnership was formed and their subsequent records were so noteworthy.

I am grateful to ex-International player, Maurice Adamson, for suggestions regarding the "unknown" player in the Gallery item in the last issue. I am seeking verification. I was also delighted to be contacted by Brian Morrison of Ulster Sports Museum seeking an exchange of views. It is good to note this interest in sporting heritage.

I will be delighted to receive any suggestion through the website and will respond quickly to any queries

Dick O’Rafferty


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