CAPTAIN’S DAY 2018
The highlight of the Club’s year comes at the end of the week when Club Captain Barry Mulholland hosts the annual Captain’s Day on Friday and Saturday. This is a rather special year as it marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Lurgan Golf Club and we will post a little more about the history of the Club each morning during the week.Firstly we thought it might be an idea to place that early club in the context of life in the year of its formation, 1893, by looking at some of the events and people of the time.
GOLF Golf is very much a growing sport and new courses and clubs are opening up throughout the world. The new clubs opened in Ireland that year include Lurgan, Ballybunion, Birr, Foxrock, Killarney and Ormeau. In England Kirby Muxlee Golf Club was founded and has since founded the ‘1893 Club’ which includes clubs founded in that year in England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Australia and South Africa. Lurgan G C is a member of the ‘1893 Club’.
Rosapenna Golf Club in Donegal became the world’s first ‘golf resort’ when it offered golfing holidays to the growing number of enthusiasts.
The 33rd British Open was played at Prestwick Golf Club and won by Willie Auchterloine who took 322 shots for the four rounds. ‘The Field’ newspaper reported that on the first day it ‘rained in the most pitiless fashion from morning to evening’, and Old Tom Morris said they were the worst conditions he had ever played in. The winner was a 21 year old from St Andrews and he went on to open a golf shop there which is still open to this day.
BOXING In April 1893 Jack Burke and Andy Bowen fought a 110 round fight that lasted 7 hours and 19 minutes. The referee declared the fight a draw when each boxer was eventually too tired to throw a punch. The rounds were 3 minutes each and the fight came to an end at 3.45am in front of 8500 spectators.
FOOTBALL Linfield won the Irish League and beat Cliftonville 5 1 in the Irish Cup Final.
Aston Villa won the English League and Wolves beat Everton 1 0 in the F A Cup final.
Wexford beat Cork in the All Ireland football final 1-1 to 0-1 and Cork beat Kilkenny 6-8 to 0-2 in the Hurling. Both games were played in Phoenix Park.
FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN IN 1893
Jimmy Durante He became one of the world’s most famous comedians and many of his quotes are still used today, he died in 1980. Some of his quotes were:
‘Be nice to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down.’
‘My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.’
‘I hate music, especially when it’s played.’
Mae West She was an American actress, singer, playwright and comedian who died in 1980. She became famous for many things and many of her quotes are still heard.
‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.’
‘When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.’
‘Come up and see me sometime.’
In the Second World War American soldiers were issued with inflatable life saving equipment which, when inflated, made them resemble Mae West’s shape, and these are still called Mae Wests.
Mao Zedong He later became better known as Chairman Mao or Mao Tse Tung and led the Cultural Revolution in China in 1966. This became infamous for its brutality and violence with pictures sent around the world of his followers waving the ‘Little Red Book’ of his thoughts. He died in 1976.
Rudolf Diesel made an internal combustion engine which ran on its own power for the first time.
Henry Ford completed his first useful petrol/gasoline fuelled engine.
An electric car was built in Toronto which had a range of 15 miles.
France introduced the world’s first motor vehicle registration. They also introduced a driving test.
The world’s first Ferris Wheel appeared at a Chicago exhibition.
Shredded Wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
Zip A hookless fastener was patented by Whitcom Johnson in Chicago. Called a zip because of its sound.
The world’s first Movie Studio was completed by Thomas Edison on1 Feb and on 2 Feb the first movie close-up was filmed, of a sneeze.
The school leaving age in England and Wales was raised to 11.
The British Independent Labour Party was formed with its leader being Keir Hardy.
British Prime Minister was William Gladstone.
USA President was Grover Cleveland.
New Zealand became the first country to grant all women the vote.
Gladstone introduced his Second Irish Home Rule Bill which was passed in the House of Commons but defeated in the House of Lords.
FAMOUS PEOPLE OF THE DAY
Rudyard Kipling was a very popular writer and journalist whose works are still very popular today. He wrote Jungle Book and introduced characters such as Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and Bagheera with whom most people would be familiar today. He died in 1936.
Claude Monet a French painter whose works still grace the covers and pages of today’s magazines. His paintings of the countryside are among the most famous in the world. He died in 1926.
Guiseppe Verdi was an Italian opera composer whose works are still performed throughout the world. Many of his songs are familiar through current TV adverts and regular radio and TV exposure. His operas include Aida, Nabucco and La Traviata. He died in 1901.
Tchaikovsky. One of the most famous composers ever whose works are still very popular today. His music from the ballet Swan Lake and passages from his 1812 Overture are familiar to most people. His tune from The Nutcracker Suite has been popularised by the famous TV advert, ‘Everyone’s a Fruit and Nutcase’. He died in 1893.