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.
For this edition the Gallery Item displays a fine photograph of All- Ireland Cup winners, Malone from the early 1970s. Malone was probably the strongest club in the country for many years during this period. The team was spearheaded by five International players in Maurice Adamson, Adrian Bell, Colin Bell, Dorothy Haslam (Later Cunningham) and Maureen Mockford. All other players played representative Badminton for Ulster. They would probably also won the prize for the best turned out side in the competition.
In the historical section I have included this article on serving written 57 years ago. It is generally very interesting to read items from a bygone era and notice the differences in approach. What struck me about this article was that it could be used almost without amendment in a current coaching manual. To the old cliché that you can't score without serving well could be added that many points are lost with poor serving under the current rules. Looking at a lot of Badminton nowadays it would seem that many players just use the service to get the shuttle into play without any tactic in mind.
I am pleased to be receiving supporting comments for the Museum project and welcome any views that will make the website as interesting as possible.