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 historical item in this issue an interesting article entitled “Do we expect too much of a shuttle” displayed by kind permission of Badminton England and Leinster Branch. No doubt many Tournament Committees would ask the same question of players seeking changes of shuttle. The mention of shuttle speed is still very relevant and it is disappointing to see many matches played with shuttles that are too slow. This gives an advantage to the physically stronger players and eliminates skill of manipulating the shuttle around the full dimensions of the court. Included on this page is part of a report on the proposed New Hall envisaged by the Leinster Branch. The Hall has of course arrived in 1954 and the original vision of what is required stands to this day.
The Gallery item is a photograph of the Irish Team that played England in 1932. There are some interesting aspects regarding the personnel on the Team. There were three members of the Hamilton family, brothers Anthony and Willoughby and sister Mavis, who subsequently played under her married name Macnaughton. E.D. gained his only cap in this match. Three players got their last caps in 1949 and two players got their last caps in 1939. There is no doubt that the war had a major impact on team representation..
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