Cycling for Sport

The introduction of cycling to Ireland led to the foundation of cycle clubs, touring and organised races.


The introduction of cycling to Ireland led to the foundation of cycle clubs, touring and organised races. The first known cycle club in Ireland was the Dungarvan Rambers, founded in Co. Waterford in 1869. The Irish Cycling Association (ICA) was formed in 1884 to govern the sport. A passion for the freedom of cycling developed and thrived with amateur and professional racing continuing right through to today.
Historical Player's Cigarettes Card - Road Time Trial Position

Historical Player's Cigarettes Card - Road Time Trial Position National Museum of Ireland Collection. F:2014.213 (47)

1908 poster for a Junior Inter-Club Championship held in Dublin. The Irish Cycling Association (ICA) was formed in 1884. Private Collection            

The Iveagh Cycling Club, Dublin City, 1891.National Museum of Ireland Collection F:2014.216.1

Rás Tailteain

Founded in 1953, the Rás is an Irish cycling stage race around the country, popular throughout the decades and still held annually in May.

1963. Photograph of Dan Ahern of Kerry

Stephen Roche from Dublin wins in Westport, 1979. © An Post Rás.                        

Bicycle Polo

Bicycle polo, based on horse polo, was invented by Galwayman, Richard J. Mecredy (1861-1924).

The first match was played on 4 October 1891 at The Scalp in Co. Wicklow between Rathclaren Rovers and Ohne Hast Cycling Club. It was popular during the early part of the twentieth century and was a demonstration sport during the 1908 London Olympics where Ireland beat Germany 3-1.

       

Historical Player's Cigarettes Card - Bicycle Polo (2 sides)

National Museum of Ireland Collection. F:2014.213 (50) 

John Player & Sons cigarette Cycling cards, 1939. This set of 50 cards chart the history of the bicycle from the hobby-horse through to cycle racing in the 1930s. NMI Collection. F:2014.213