Badminton Museum of Ireland - Gallery

Badminton Hall, Whitehall Road, Dublin.

Badminton Hall, Whitehall Road, Dublin. First night of play, 20 April 1954.

The Hall was built by Collen Brothers in 4 ½ months at a cost of £9,000. Note the open balcony, the unlined roof, and the Referee’s Office at the far end of the balcony.

This was the first night of play, with the start of the Midland Branch Tour-nament, with 440 competitors, taking three weeks to complete.

On the extreme right of the picture, standing on Court 1, is Dick Bell, the architect. On Court 2, Olive Byrne serves to Dympna Kilbride, whilst her partner, Ray Billings, looks on. On Court 3, on the extreme left of the picture, is Alan McEachern.

Displayed by kind permission of Peard Collection
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