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 Section displays part of the Badminton Union of Ireland Honorary Secretary’s Report to the Annual General Meeting of 1970. Looking back on such earlier reports gives an indication of the organisation’s concerns 45 years ago. The Secretary outlines a number of matters dealt with during the year but makes particular reference to a number of items. The use of Hova courts for the first time resulted in some problems as during a Thomas Cup Match in Ballymena the court was damaged. The 2nd European Championships were held in Port Talbot in Wales and the Union sent two man and two women. It must be assumed that finances prevented sending a greater number as travel distance was comparatively short. It is interesting that Muintir na Tire were approached to assist in the development of the game in rural areas. It would be interesting to discover the success or otherwise of this project. The investigation of Fibre Glass Halls was also of interest
The Gallery Item displays an image of the Irish Team that played Scotland in Cork in 1954. Looking at reports at around this period it is noticeable the number of International matches that were played outside of Dublin and Belfast and it is certain that these matches were played to a full house.
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