Category Archives: Ireland

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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Remembering when Ireland won the Calcutta Cup…

The Calcutta Cup, long understood to be exclusively retained by the winner of the annual England Scotland fixture, may have been won by Ireland, and indeed Wales towards the end of the 19th Century. The cup was created when the … Continue reading

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The ‘Real’ Triple Crown

In 2006 a silver shield was produced as the physical embodiment of an idea that had existed since 1894. The Triple Crown was first made reference to by the Irish Times in 1894 after Ireland had defeated England, Wales and … Continue reading

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Jolly Jumbucks of the Home Nations!

Maybe Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, never really did say, “Being born in a stable does not make one a horse”, but many Home Nations Rugby officials have also thought bloodlines trump place of birth. At first glance you … Continue reading

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