Tom O’Neill, Chairman of Dun Laoghaire Chess Club played in both of these championships, each time as a substitute.
In 1954 he played for Eoghan Ruadh Chess Club, in the 2nd replay of the final in Dundalk against Queens University Belfast. He won his game to give his team a 4-2 win. For historical and cultural reasons, each weekend, 3 matches were played on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. The Eoghan Ruadh team was very strong and included Terry Kelly, Irish Champion 1954, Leinster Champions, Willie Staunton 55/56/57. and PJ Murphy 62.
This year 65 years later, playing for Dun Laoghaire, finishing 6th.
Age is no barrier to playing chess, competitively or socially. Join your local club.
Article from Dun Laoghaire Chess Page.