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  • Maurice Davin
    Maurice Davin
  • Maurice Davin Boat
    Maurice Davin Boat
  • A Sweet Boat
    A Sweet Boat

After Maurice Davin’s death in 1927, the Cruiskeen was stored upside down in a cowshed at the Davin family farm outside Carrick on Suir. There it lay for nearly one hundred years, all but forgotten.

Tar éis do Maurice Davin bás a fháil i 1927, stóráladh an Cruiskeen bunoscionn i scioból bó ar fheirm theaghlaigh Davin taobh amuigh de Charraig na Siúire. Agus ansin a d’fhan sí ar feadh beagnach céad bliain, agus í dearmadta.

“I built the boat over forty years ago. Somehow or other she was not a success… I held onto her, I had faith in her, for she was a sweet boat. Last year I len gthened her bow a bit and the boys took her to this year’s regatta in Waterford and won. Now what do you think of that for a boat?” Maurice Davin in an interview with The New York Post in 1907.

“Thóg mé an bád os cionn dhá scór bliain ó shin. Ar chúis amháin nó ar chúis eile níor éirigh chomh geal sin léi...

choinnigh mé í, chreid mé inti, mar is báidín gleoite a bhí inti. Chuir mé lena tosach beagán ansin anuraidh agus thug

na leaids chuig rásaí na bliana seo i bPort Láirge í agus bhí an lá léi. Anois cad a cheapfá do mo bháidín?”

Maurice Davin in agallamh le The New York Post in 1907.

Hurling and Gaelic football are the two most popular spectator sports in Ireland. The All Ireland finals which are held every year in Croke Park, Dublin attract crowds of over 80,000 while a million more tune in on TV!

Is iad an iománaíocht agus an pheil Ghaelach an dá spórt is fearr le lucht féachana in Éirinn. Tarraingíonn craobhchomórtais uile Éireann a bhíonn ar siúl gach bliain i bPáirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath sluaite de bhreis is 80,000 duine agus féachann milliún duine eile orthu ar an teilifís.

Blowing our own trumpet....- Agus muid dár moladh féin mar is gnách....

We don’t want to blow our own trumpet (although Mick Delahunty blew a mean saxophone!) but here in Tipperary we believe we have every right to be proud of our musical heritage. Take a look at some of these and then maybe sit down and see what’s on the telly today!

Nílimid ag iarraidh a bheith ag déanamh gaisce as ár gcuid féin (cé go raibh Mick Delahunty thar cionn ar an sacsafón!) ach creidimid anseo i dTiobraid Árann go bhfuil sé de cheart againn a bheith mórtasach as ár n-oidhreacht cheoil. Féach ar roinnt acu seo agus ansin suigh síos go bhfeicfidh tú cad atá ar an teilifís inniu!

The Clancy Brothers
The Clancy Brothers
Frank Patterson
Frank Patterson (1938-2000)
Tommy O’Brien
Tommy O’Brien  (1905-1988)
Micheál Ó Súilleabháin
Micheál Ó Súilleabháin  (1950-2018)

Ag imirt an chluiche

Sport has always mattered in Tipperary! Famous for hurling and horses, you may be surprised at some of the other areas where Tipperary athletes have excelled!

Bhí tábhacht leis an spórt riamh i dTiobraid Árann! Bhí cáil ar an gcontae de bharr na hiománaíochta agus na gcapall, b’fhéidir go mbeadh iontas ort a chloisteáil faoi na réimsí eile ina ndearna lúthchleasaithe Thiobraid Árann gaisce!

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The Cruiskeen ConservedThe Cruiskeen Conserved

After Maurice Davin’s death in 1927, the Cruiskeen was stored upside down in a cowshed at the Davin family farm outside Carrick on Suir. There it lay for nearly one hundred years, all but forgotten. In May 2006, Maurice’s grandnephew Pat Walsh decided to try to save the boat and offered it to the Tipperary County Museum. An inspection showed that the boat could be rescued and the Museum was delighted with this significant donation. The first challenge was how to get the boat out of the cowshed! The problem was that the shed had been extended and now the boat was effectively ‘built-in’. The end wall had to be removed and very carefully the beautiful boat was passed through the open space with just 7cm clearance all round! It was then placed into a specially adapted articulated truck and transported all the way to the Conservation Centre, Letterfrack in Connemara. It arrived there on 17 May 2006. For six months a specialist team led by Sven Habermann in Connemara worked on the boat. On 24 November 2006, the Cruiskeen made one last journey, this time back home to Tipperary.

Helena Rice, more commonly referred to as Lena is not a name you may be too familiar with. Born in New Inn, Co. Tipperary in 1866 she was one of 8 siblings and second youngest daughter to Spring and Anna Rice. But more than that, she is the only Irishwoman to have won Wimbledon.

Her Tennis career spanned just 12 months before she played at Wimbledon and she competed in a mere handful of tournaments. She learned to play at her home, Marlhill, a Georgian mansion which held many tennis parties throughout the 1880s. Both Lena and her sister Annie were keen tennis players and were both members of the Cahir lawn tennis club which at that time had two of the best Lawn courts in Ireland. Over time Lena developed a very powerful forehand serve and forehand drive.

Lena’s first tournament was the Irish Championship held in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin in 1889. She went on to secure a win in the mixed doubles with fellow player, Willoughby Hamilton. June that same year both Lena and her sister Annie played at the Lansdowne meeting in Dublin and a just over a week later both headed to England to compete in the Championship at Wimbledon.

At the Wimbledon Tournament of 1889, Lena was narrowly beaten by her opponent, Blanche Hillyard- a woman who went on to win 6 Wimbledon titles but always said that her match against Lena in 1889 was ‘her most memorable and exciting’.

In 1890 Lena was back on the court and went to compete in the Irish Championships once again. Unfortunately, it was not Lena’s time and she was beaten in the last match by Miss Louise Martin. Even so she continued on to the Lansdowne tournament, steadily improved and won the overall ladies singles title.

Once again Lena was heading back to England to compete in the Wimbledon tournament. She played well and secured her place in the final against Miss Jacks. On July 4th 1890 Lena Rice walked onto the Court wearing an ankle length floral skirt, a blouse which was tight at the waist, brown leather shoes, a black tie and a straw hat. This was the common uniform for players at that time and can be seen in the image below.

After a match which was described as one where Lena’s skill and confidence grew steadily throughout she secured the win. She was crowned the 1890 Ladies Singles champion! Not only did she win the Challenge trophy, but also the first prize which was 20 Guineas – a sum which Lena used to purchase an emerald and diamond ring.

The 1890 tournament was a great day for Ireland all round. The men’s single title went to Lena’s 1889 doubles partner, Willoughby Hamilton, the first Irish man to win a singles title at Wimbledon. The doubles was also won by two Irish men that year, Joshua Pim and Frank Stoker.

Sadly, what was proving to be a very promising tennis career was cut short as there is no record of Lena ever playing tennis public after her Wimbledon win.

It can only be speculated that the reason was that she was needed at home. Lena’s father died in 1868 at aged 41 when she was just two years old, her mother then had to raise all 8 children by herself while running a household. Subsequently her mother had become ill and passed away in 1891 more than likely preventing her from defending her title that year

Wimbledon historians have claimed that if Lena had continued to play, she would have been a dangerous rival to the leading tennis players of the day.

In 1907, Lena Rice died of Tubercular hip on her 41st birthday, the same age her father was when he passed away.

When we reopen why not pop in and read more about Lena and all the other sporting stars to hail from Tipperary!