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 1928 article in the Historical Section highlights the somewhat easier attitude the player of that time had to playing under poor conditions as opposed to the modern club player who will want top class conditions at all times. Players who participated in the Gorey and District League in the late 1950s and 1960s will recall a Hall in County Wicklow where the base lines were painted on the back walls and the rules were the same as those described in this article. The Club was welcomed into the League although an away win was generally beyond the capabilities of any visiting team. However as McCallum says "the games the thing"

The Gallery item shows the wonderful line up of players who graced the official opening of Terenure Centre in 1954. I calculate that eight of the players had either won All-England titles at the time or went on to do so subsequently. With this quality of play it is not surprising that the attendance at the play was so big. A couple of points about the picture (1) Frank Peard who did so much work in getting the hall up and running had no time to change. I don't think he was injured so he must have been tending to some last minute details. (2) Alfie Byrne, one of Dublin's most popular Lord Mayors seems to have developed an early friendship with Amy Choong!

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Dick O’Rafferty


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