Ireland v Basque Country International 1932
|Date||Ireland Team||Basque Country Team|
|22.06.1932||P. Perry||2||Jose Aramendi||1||10-21. 21-11, 21-20|
|22.06.1932||P. Bell||2||Manuel Urcelay||1||13-21, 21-16, 21-13|
|24.06.1932||J. McGrath &|
|2||M. Urcelay &|
|3||1-21, 21-17, 6-21, 21-20, 8-21|
|28.06.1932||P. Berry &|
|0||M. Urcelay &|
|3||5-21, 13-21, 2-21|
Final Score: The series finished Ireland 2 Basque Country 2.
The match was organised by Eamonn de Valera, and featured the Irish Soft-ball Champion, P. Perry, the Irish Junior soft-ball champion, as well as Gardai Sgt. J. McGrath (Depot) & R. McGinn (Clontarf), and was part of the Tailteann Games of 1932 which brought together the Irish & Celts from all over the World for our version of the Olympic Games.
Sets alternated between using the Irish ball and the Basque ball. The Series finished 2 matches each, with Ireland winning both Singles matches, and the Basques winning both Hardball Doubles matches. The Basques paid compliment to Ireland’s Handballers, saying they could beat the World, and the Irish Press complimented the fine display put on by the Basques.
 Folklore of Ireland Twitter Account (2020) DIREGG9W4AEGN3Q [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIREGG9W4AEGN3Q?format=jpg&name=small [Accessed 11 November 2020]
 Anon. (1932) “The Handball Dispute: Dublin Player Suspended” Irish Independent. Monday, November 23, 1931. pg. 8
Cam. (1932) “The Basques Impress: In Handball Duel with Garda” Irish Press. Thursday, June 23, 1932. pg. 8
 Anon. (1932) “Would Beat the World: Basque Tribute to Our Handballers” Irish Press. Friday, June 24, 1932. pg. 8
 Anon. (1932) “Basques Fine Display: Exhibitions of National Game” Irish Press. Saturday, June 25, 1932. pg. 8
Cam. (1932) “How Basques Play Games: First Exhibitions at the Depot” Irish Independent. Thursday, June 23, 1932. pg. 14
 Anon. (1932) “Handball Gossip” Limerick Leader. Saturday, June 25, 1932. pg. 16
 Anon. (1932) “…” Irish Independent.Wednesday, June 29, 1932. pg. 13
Note: Past Editions of the Irish Press, Irish Independent and Limerick Leader are available to view online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.
Thanks to Kevin Smyth & Enda Fahy.
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