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Tennis in long trousers could be uncomfortable at times but tennis in long skirts would be uncomfortable all of the time! At least that is Morning Mary's experience in these matters and playing rugby in long skirts is virtually impossible:-) This seems to be a very early O'Connor image and was taken on a very fine day in the beautiful town of Ballycastle in Co. Antrim.

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Photographer: Fergus O’Connor

Collection: Fergus O'Connor Collection

Date: Between 1900 - 1930

NLI Ref: OCO 38

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    • 04/May/2022 07:59:35

    Streetview: The tennis courts are still there.

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    • 04/May/2022 08:08:22

    There's umpires on every court, so it's presumably a genuine competition of some sort. It looks like mixed doubles.

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    • 04/May/2022 08:11:21

    Glens in the news Vol 1 No 9 June 1932 Arrangements are already well in hand for the famous annual Tennis Tournaments at Ballycastle, to commence on Monday, July 11th. The beautiful grounds of the local tennis club will be the venue of the Irish Close Tennis Championships, which are being played for the first time in the North, and will be held during the same week. It is anticipated that all the Irish Davis Cup players will compete, including C.L. Rodgers, who recently gave F. J, Perry, the British Wimbledon hope, a gruelling match. The annual athletic and aquatic festival will also be up to the usual high standard.

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    Peter Goll Thanks for +22.000.000 views

    • 04/May/2022 08:35:49

    SPECIAL AWARD ★★★★★ 5 stars for your photo... Seen in:..Flickr Hall of Fame Flickr Hall of Fame (Post 1 – Award 1)

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    • 04/May/2022 08:35:53

    👍 Very nice picture my friend , well done ;)

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    • 04/May/2022 09:20:25

    According to Trove "The gunboat officers come on shore and play tennis with the people at Ballycastle, but they are not allowed to visit people privately. At Ballycastle the coastguards refused to invite the officers of gunboats ashore, so the ladies themselves flag their invitation—all the women can signal by the Morse code by flag, and most are learning ambulance work."

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    • 04/May/2022 09:22:37 #googleearth

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    • 04/May/2022 09:29:29

    This looks like the same crew:

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    • 04/May/2022 09:33:12

    None of the O'Connor Ballycastle images seem to have motor vehicles in them, suggesting the earlier end of the date range.

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    • 04/May/2022 09:52:31

    wrt this picture, different McClements are there in both 1901 and 1911. The 1911 lot look a better fit, being shopkeepers rather than spirit merchants, and having McNeills two doors up the road, which seems to match the photo.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/May/2022 14:10:19[email protected] Thompson, Saddler is there in 1901 and 1911. Next to him in 1901 is Ellen Kinney, Spirit Grocer, who dies in 1902.

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    • 04/May/2022 21:14:30

    The woman in the middle of the court is called Annette. 🎾

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 16/May/2022 08:00:08