Category Archives: Ireland

LAST CHANCE TO SEE! Mini Exhibition: Unlikely Alliances

In times of celebration or commemoration, rugby matches involving combined teams, such as England & Wales and Scotland & Ireland, have taken place to mark the occasion. Currently on display at the World Rugby Museum, this mini exhibition takes a … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – William Victor Edwards (Ireland) 29/12/1917

The last of the five Irish rugby internationals who lost their lives in action during 1917 was William Victor Edwards. He was born at Strandtown, Belfast on 16th October 1887.  Educated at a number of schools, including the prominent rugby schools … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Dave Gallaher and Albert Stewart, 04/10/1917

At the beginning of October 1917, the Allied Forces were deeply embroiled in attacking the German Army on the Western Front for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres.  This third offensive in the Ypres Salient in West … Continue reading

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“Dicky” Lloyd (Ireland) – the one who came back…

There were a handful of rugby players who played international rugby both sides of the 1st World War.  Perhaps the most fortunate was the Irish fly half Dicky Lloyd who, having won 16 caps and established a huge reputation as … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Call by Stephen Walker

During the Great War hundreds of Irish rugby players joined the British Army and lost their lives in the mud of France and Flanders and in the heat of Gallipoli.  A generation of sporting heroes died and their number also … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Ernest Cotton Deane MC (Ireland) 25/09/1915

Ernest Deane was born on 4th May 1887 in Limerick, the third son of Thomas Stanley Deane and Aileen Annie (née Byrne), of Bank House, Rathkeale, co. Limerick. His father was manager of the National Bank, Rathkeale, co. Limerick. Ernest was … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Basil MacLear (Ireland) 24/05/1915

The World Rugby Museum special exhibition ‘Lest We Forget’ will recall the sacrifices of men such as Basil MacLear and others around the world who fought and died in the First World War. Please like the World Rugby Museum on facebook … Continue reading

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