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The History of Clare Tennis, Badminton and Squash Clubs by Ger Browne


A history (over 2,000 pages) of Clare Tennis, Badminton and Squash Clubs from 1888 to 2013 has been completed and is available below. It shows the transformation of the middle class in Clare from the 19th to the 20th century, with over 800 individual profiles.

In Tennis the main clubs to feature are The County Clare LTC (122 pages), The Fergus Lawn Tennis Club (527 pages), and the Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

Clare Tennis Clubs (PDF 8MB)

The County Clare Tennis Club 1888-1948 (PDF 33MB)

Clare Lawn Tennis Club
The County Clare Tennis Club

The history gives a summary of each year and a short profile on 95 members, with features on the families of Rev J.H. Griffith, Rev J.J. Griffin and Rev Richard Scott. There are also newspaper articles and photos.

The Fergus Lawn Tennis Club (1933-1982) (PDF 102MB)


The Fergus Lawn Tennis Club

The history gives a summary of each year and a short profile of over 180 members, with features on Frank Cassidy, Fr Frank Cassidy, Noel Cassidy, Claire Cassidy, Jerry Ryan, Bill Bluett, Tom Byrne, Liam Cahir, Cyril Cuddy, Anna and Leslie McCrum, Frank (Diver) McNamara, Fr Eddie McNamara, Joe Molony, Jimmy Monahan, Fr Sean Moriarty, Noreen Smythe and Fergus Walsh.
Memories of the time are given by Ghislaine De Regge, Tom Mannion, Oliver Moylan, Larry Byrne, Jerry Cahir, Kevin Merry, Des Travers, Sinead Spellissey and John Gallagher. There are also newspaper articles, photos etc for each year.

Clare Badminton Clubs (PDF 75MB)

The Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (1982-2013) (PDF 18.4KB)


Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club

The history gives a summary of each year and a short profile of over 260 members, with features on Tom Eade, Gerry Bredin, Johnny Flynn, Tom Mannion, John McLaughlin and many others. There are also newspaper articles, photos, AGM reports etc. over the decades.

There are also newspaper reports (over 100 years) on 12 other Tennis clubs. These include Ennis Guards, Ennistymon, Kildysart, Kilkee, Killaloe, Kilrush, Labasheeda, Lisdoonvarna, Miltown Malbay, Ogonnelloe, Scariff and Shannon.

The Ennis Badminton Club formerly Catholic Social Club (1958-1982) (PDF 71MB)

In Badminton the main club to feature (333 pages) is the Ennis Badminton Club, formerly known as the Catholic Social Club (1958-1982).


Ennis Badminton Club (formerly Catholic Social Club)

There is a summary of each year and a short profile of over 51 members, with features on Evelyn Carey, Gerry Collins, Tom Dillon, Frank McInerney, Niall McMahon, Phil Molony, Maureen O'Connell, P.J.Molony, Frank O'Dea and Joe W. Williams. There are also newspaper articles, photos, AGM reports etc for each year.

The original Ennis Badminton Club (1933 -1950) also features. Its members included Ignatius Houlihan, Irene Scott, Des Torrens (Irish Rugby International), P F Molony, R Baker, M.C. Stronge, I Knox and many others.

There are also newspaper reports (over 77 years) on 26 other Badminton clubs. These include An Droichead, Annaghneal, Ardnacrusha (48 pages), Broadford, C.B.S., Clarecastle, Cooraclare, Corofin, Cratloe, Cree, Ennistymon, Kilkee, Kilkishen, Killaloe, Kilmaley, Kilmihil, Kilrush, Labasheeda, Lisdoonvarna, Miltown Malbay, Mullagh, Newmarket on Fergus, Quin, Scariff, Sixmilebridge, Shannon and Tulla. There is also a feature on the Clare Badminton Association (formed in 1968).

Clare Squash Clubs (PDF 79MB)

The One Mile Inn Squash Club (1974-1991) (PDF 177MB)

In Squash the main club to feature (810 pages) is the One Mile Inn Squash Club (1974-1991).


One Mile Inn Squash Club

There is a summary of each year and a short profile of over 100 members, with features on Gerry Bredin, Seamus Hayes, Jim and Ann O'Dowd, Denis Maurer, Tom Malone, Gert and Margaret Lacheiner, Tony Lillis and Michael Howard. There are also newspaper articles, photos, AGM reports etc for each year.

There are also newspaper reports (over 27 years) on 15 other squash clubs. These include the Auburn Lodge, Ballina, Boys National, C.B.S. (157 pages), Clarecastle, Cooraclare, Ennis Golf Club, Ennistymon, Kildysart, Kilkee, Lissycasey, Newmarket On Fergus, Shannon Diamond and St Flannan's. There is also a feature on the Clare Squash Racquet's Association which was formed 30 years ago in 1982.

During the 125th anniversary of the Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club in 2013, and the 40th anniversary of the formation of the One Mile Inn Squash Club in 2014, two books were published. See below.

 



Ennis Lawn Tennis and Badminton Book (PDF 28MB)

710 individual profiles (1888-2013) (PDF 22MB)

100 individual profiles (1974-1991) (PDF 12MB)

 

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