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Where: Leinster, Dublin City, Ireland

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A Rugby souvenir from 1905 showing the four "Home" nations Rugby football teams of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. Gone were the hats, long trousers and huge handlebar moustaches of yesteryear and the strip were more identifiable with the current style.
Over the past couple of days the Rugby family in Ireland and the community of St. MIchaels School have been rocked with the loss of Andrew O'Donnell and Max Wal in Greece while Munster coach and father of an Ireland Under 20 player Greig Oliver died in South Africa. Sport is a great unifier and a creator of memories and so today we remember the two young men and the dedicated coach, their families and their communities. Ar dheis Dé!

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Collection: NLI Ephemera Collection

Date: England 1905

NLI Ref.: EPH A247

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 05/Jul/2023 08:07:00

    Wikipedia is sometimes amazing! ... From - Edit - the image came from [] here on Flickr

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    • 05/Jul/2023 08:08:53

    The Irish photo is the only one to include a cleric, for some reason. Did they have a chaplain?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Jul/2023 08:26:54

    Result: 1. Wales 2. Ireland 3. Scotland 4. England Ireland: MF Landers (Cork Constitution), Basil Maclear (Cork County), JE Moffatt (Old Wesley), James Cecil Parke (Dublin University), HB Thrift (Dublin University), TTH Robinson (Dublin University), ED Caddell (Dublin University), Jos Wallace (Wanderers), Henry Millar (Monkstown), CE Allen (Derry) capt., A Tedford (Malone), HG Wilson (Malone), HJ Knox (Dublin University), JJ Coffey (Lansdowne), GT Hamlet (Dublin University)

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    • 05/Jul/2023 13:10:14

    [] has heaps of rugby stuff from 1905, eg - [] []

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Jul/2023 15:06:15

    The 1900ish 25" shows a football ground at Lansdowne Road with 2 small stands and a couple of pavilions. I wonder if that is one of the pavilions behind the Irish team...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Jul/2023 15:18:21 I notice that the background of that shot of the England team that played Scotland in 1905 is the same as in today's image of the Scotland team, presumably the clubhouse/pavilion at Inverleith.

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    Frederic Humbert (

    • 05/Jul/2023 20:40:03 :)