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.
When a curator has a fairly varied archive of material and limited space per issue, making choices can be interesting.
The gallery item displays an image and some brief details of J.Plunkett-Dillon. He was a very influential figure in Irish and World Badminton. He played a significant role in the development of the game in Ireland. He served as President of the International Badminton Federation from 1955 to 1957 having previously been Vice-President from 1936-1955. Following his service as President he was elected an Honorary Life Vice-President.
The historical item is a short letter of complaint from Midland Branch (now Leinster Branch) in relation to hospitality, or lack of it, for Ireland’s Uber Cup players. It is probably normal for Governing Bodies to have conflicts with subsidiary bodies. Certainly the breakdown in communication here was a cause of some embarrassment to Midland Branch.
Although the Trustees continue to be disappointed about the lack of official support for the Museum Project they maintain a strong interest in the preservation of historical archive material and through personal contacts will try to ensure that such material is not lost through lack of interest. We are keen to receive loans or donations of material so that cataloguing can continue.