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1873-05-19 Outdoor Track and Field Championships

ChampionshipT&F
VenueMardyke
Date1873-05-19
HostUCC
NoteThis was the first inter-collegiate athletics meeting held in Ireland. A proposition to hold an Inter-University Sports between Queen's University, Ireland and the University of Dublin, Trinity College was first mooted in May 1872 with the intent to hold the meeting in Dublin in July 1872. It is not known what became of this original proposition. The subsequent proposal of Queen's University to hold the intervarsity event in May 1973 was considered at the annual general meeting of Dublin University Athletic Club on 14 March, 1873. "The proposal of Queen's University to form an 'Inter-University Contest' was negatived, it being considered that the Champion Athletic Club would open the field for all University competition." Thus, Trinity College Dublin did not compete in the inaugural intervarsity championships in Cork, but instead hosted the inaugural Irish Champion Athletic Club Championships in College Park at the beginning of July. Nonetheless, the Queen's University inter-collegiate contest in Cork was very successful. "Considerable interest was excited by the events, owing to the fact that the competition was confined to representatives of the Galway, Belfast and Cork Colleges, and a certain amount of rivalry existed between North and South. The contests were characterised by the utmost harmony and friendly emulation, and the weather being fine, one of the largest and most fashionable gatherings ever brought together assembled in the field." [The Irish Times and Daily Advertiser, May 20, 1873, pg 3]. Cork competed in scarlet and black, Galway in blue and white and Belfast in red, blue and gold. An estimated 2,500 spectators watched the meeting. "The fête was altogether one of the most brilliant and successful of the year. The weather was beautifully fine, the arrangements of the stewards excellent and the satisfaction of the visitors complete. The Cork College had a larger number of representatives in for the several events than her western and northern sisters. The Corkonians were greatly elated at their success but freely accorded due applause to the plucky representatives of their sister colleges." [Freeman's Journal, May 20, 1873, pg.3]. Of the thirteen events on the programme, Cork won ten and Belfast three. The Patron of the meeting was His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer KG, PC. The principal Vice-Patrons included: the Marquis of Kildare, Charles William FitzGerald, 4th Duke of Leinster, Chancellor of the Queen's University; the Earl of Antrim, William Randal McDonnell, 6th Earl; Lord Lurgan, Charles Brownlow, 2nd Baron Lurgan KP; and Sir John Arnott, three times Lord Mayor of Cork (1859-1861) and Irish entrepreneur (Arnott's drapery store). The bands of the 17th Lancers and 15th Regiments provided musical interludes for the spectators.
Table of Contents:

Male

100y

Final

The start was by word of mouth

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1John McCleanQUB10.251 IUAA
2Michael J. MoylanUCGNT 2 feet 
3Marceline J. ChabrelUCCNT   
4James T. BelcherUCCNT   
 Richard Francis GloverUCGDNS Injured 

120y Hurdles

Final

Ten flights of hurdles

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Percy Herbert JohnstonUCC19.251 IUAA
2John McCleanQUBNT 1 yard 
3Michael J. MoylanUCGNT   
 Marceline J. ChabrelUCC  AE 
 James J. GorhamUCG  AE 

440y

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1James T. BelcherUCC59.001 IUAA
2Michael J. MoylanUCGNT Won easily 
 Robert Lindsay LoveUCGDNS   
 John McCleanQUBDNS   

880y

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Robert E. DonovanUCC2:18.001 IUAA
2Jeremiah "Jerry" J. WilsonQUBNT 4 yards 
3Robert Lindsay LoveUCGNT   
 Matthew Q. O'CallaghanUCGDNS AE 
 James T. BelcherUCCDNS AE 

1 Mile

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Jeremiah "Jerry" J. WilsonQUB5:02.251 IUAA
2Robert Lindsay LoveUCGNT comfortably 
3Robert E. DonovanUCCNT   
 Matthew Q. O'CallaghanUCG  AE 

2 Miles

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1E. LaffanUCC10:15.251 IUAA
2Robert Lindsay LoveUCGNT 35 yards 
 Jeremiah "Jerry" J. WilsonQUB  AE 
 Matthew Q. O'CallaghanUCG  AE 
 Aylmer CroftsUCC  AE 

Four Mile Walk

Final

Only two completed

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1James CroftsUCC35:08.001 IUAA
2F.W. ThompsonQUBNT 30 yards 
 R.M. AnstedUCGDNS   

Long Jump

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1James Carroll DalyUCC20′5½″1 IUAA
2David Martin KennedyUCC18′3″   
3Charles WadsworthQUBNR Retired after first trial 
 William MooreQUB  AE 
 Richard Francis GloverUCG  AE 
 William DaviesUCG  AE 

High Jump

Final

Only two completed

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Percy Herbert JohnstonUCC4′6″1 IUAA
2Charles WadsworthQUBNR Withdrew after one trial 

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkNote
 Reginald L.W. GreenQUB AE
 Richard Francis GloverUCG AE
 William DaviesUCG AE

Pole Vault

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Percy Herbert JohnstonUCC8′0″1 IUAA
2Charles WadsworthQUBNR   
 Matthew Q. O'CallaghanUCG  AE 

Shot Putt

Final

16lb

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1Charles WadsworthQUB38′8″1 IUAA
2James Carroll DalyUCC37′3″  UCC
3David Martin KennedyUCCNR   
 Richard Francis GloverUCG  AE 

Shot Putt (42lb)

Final

42lb

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1James Carroll DalyUCC24′6″1 IUAA
2David Martin KennedyUCC24′4″   
3Charles WadsworthQUBNR   
 Richard Francis GloverUCG  AE 

Hammer

Final

PlaceAthleteCollegeMarkPointsNoteRecord
1James Carroll DalyUCC91′9″1 IUAA
2Charles WadsworthQUB90′5″  QUB
 Richard Francis GloverUCG  AE 
 David Martin KennedyUCC  AE 

Medal Tables

Male

RankCollegeGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1UCC103316
2QUB36211
3UCG 426

Points

Male

RankCollege1
0
0
y
1
2
0
y
H
4
4
0
y
8
8
0
y
M
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e
2

M
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s
4
M
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W
L
J
H
J
P
V
S
P
S
P
o
H
T
Total
1UCC 111 11111 1110
2QUB1   1     1  3
3UCG