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.

Welcome to the first issue for 2016

The Historical Item displays a Press Report from 1935 and is displayed by kind permission of Leinster. There are a number of interesting points in the article. Pembroke reached the final of the Irish Senior Cup for the first time only to be beaten by a very strong Dunmurry team. At that time the Branches played qualifying rounds and the winners participated in the final stages. In the Senior Cup it was almost always the case that only Leinster and Ulster entered teams. It was the first time that Dunmurry took the title. The Irish Junior Cup was played on a similar basis as the Senior Cup and it is noteworthy that Munster winners Limerick Y.M.P.A. took the trophy beating Dublin Club, Dundrum in the final. There is a detailed report on the Midland (now Leinster) Branch Provincial Towns Cup. Mullingar beat Dundalk in the semi-final and went on to beat Carlow in the final. Carlow came through their semi-final against Athlone. Reading the report of the final I expect that Miss O. Shaw was not happy with the way her contribution was reported. In looking at the League details it is interesting to see Epworth leading the top section. This club is still competing in Leinster but perhaps now at a lower level.

The Gallery Section displays an image of players who had competed in an Exhibition in Belfast. The crowd must have had a treat watching these players in action. Four of them were All-England Winners – Erland Kopps, Finn Kobbero, Sue Peard and Judy Hashman.

As usual I would be pleased to receive loans or donation of memorabilia and welcome any comments on the website.

Dick O’Rafferty


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