Snapshots of 1916 from the picture archive

 This picture from the Irish Examiner photographic archive relates to a camogie game reported in the Cork Examiner on March 25, 1916.

By Niall Murray, Irish Examiner 


The report of the match read:

“The first contest of a series to be played at the Victoria Cross grounds for the Ashbourne Cup took place yesterday. The contestants were teams representing the University Colleges of Cork and Galway (in white shirts).

The weather was favourable and the grounds in excellent condition, while the attendance was good. The hurling was well above the average. An amount of keen rivalry was introduced into it.

The interval arrived without a score being recorded by either side, and it was not until within ten minutes of the final whistle that Cork registered a goal — the winning score.

Result: CORK – 1 goal … GALWAY – 0″ 

The final took place on Sunday, March 26, 1916 and the following report appeared in the next morning’s edition of the Cork Examiner:

“A rather interesting exhibition of camogie was witnessed at the Victoria Cross grounds yesterday, when Dublin and Cork University teams decided the ownership of the Ashbourne Cup.

There was a large attendance. From the start of the game, the issue was never in doubt. The Dublin ladies were quicker, and played with greater skill than their opponents, who, though some exceptionally good work was done by individuals, the team never seemed to come together, nor was due attention paid to the placings.

Hence they lost some very good opportunities, not through ill-luck, but by faulty play. They had much the better of the game in the second half, but the Dublin ladies were able to maintain their lead of two goals, and won on the score; DUBLIN – 3 goals
CORK – 1 goal.

The cup was subsequently presented to Miss Brady, captain of the winning team, by the Lady Mayoress, who was accompanied by the Lord Mayor. Mr S. O’Connell was a most capable referee.”


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