January 15, 1906

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    This greyhound is Peerless de Wet, winner of the 1905 inaugural Irish Cup that is pictured here in pride of place (for Coursing, run at Limerick). The dog was born in 1902. He was owned by R.F. Phelan, who named his champion after General Christiaan Rudolf de Wet, a Boer General. One of these gentlemen may be R.F. Phelan.

    Date: Monday, 15 January 1906

    NLI Ref.: P_WP_1524

    g.ciora, Dương Hài Cốt, and 84 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. maorlando God kept us 2014 leaning on Him 2015 39 months ago | reply

      A fine dog... truly a champion...
      I would guess Phelan to be on the
      right but I am only guessing...
      thanks for sharing this wonderful old portrait capture!!!
      In the Waterford Directory 1894 for The Quays, Merchants' Quay,
      there is a listing #49. as R. F. Phelan, grocer and publican.

    2. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      Thank you. Would assume he is one and the same as the grocer/publican Phelan. Must keep an eye out for shop fronts along the quays, some of which are already uploaded here to see if we can identify his shop. Unfortunately, we don't seem to have any other photos of R.F. Phelan to check against, to see which (if either) is Mr Phelan. Although I can't imagine a proud owner of a champion would not want to pose with his winning dog...

    3. swordscookie 39 months ago | reply

      The Irish Cup was run in Clounanna (?spelling) in Co. Limerick and was one of the premier greyhound races in its time. Coursing seems to be dying the death these days and a whole way of life is disappearing which is a good or a bad thing depending on where you stand. Interesting that the dog was named after DeWet, one of the great Boer Generals in an island that had provided many of the troops who fought and died in the war against him. For some reason at that time the Boer stance struck a chord in Irish nationalists and the Boers assumed almost hero status. Will you look at the big working mans hands on the dog handler? I wouldn't want to mess with him!

    4. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      Don't know if you can make it out, but Clounanna is engraved on the Cup (Shield)...

    5. Niall McAuley 39 months ago | reply

      Yes, along with shields showing the arms of the four provinces, and then something like "Presented to the winners of the races by the something? of Limerick".

    6. Niall McAuley 39 months ago | reply

      BTW, Clounanna is not in Waterford, it's in Limerick

    7. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      It absolutely is in Limerick. The Waterford connection is only because that's where R.F. Phelan was from, and where the photo was taken...

    8. Niall McAuley 39 months ago | reply

      Ah, I see, mea culpa etc.

    9. RETRO STU 39 months ago | reply

      Anyone know where that wonderfully engraved tray might be now?

    10. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 39 months ago | reply

      Afraid not, Stu.
      If I get a moment tomorrow, I'll look out the original High Res, and transcribe the text on the "Cup"...

    11. ROYndGILL 39 months ago | reply

      The dog is well loking and
      Intelegent.

    12. bellitum 27 months ago | reply

      There was also a Gaelic football team called the de Wets. See 'I Remember Karrigeen', Neil Kevin p.46. Published 1944. For Karrigeen read Templemore. Fr Kevin's book was a memoir of the town. He belonged to a well known business family in Templemore (Kevin & Howlin, Nassau St - same family)
      Fr Kevin relates that the team had its origins in a soccer team who played against the military in the local barracks (now the Garda training college). They called themselves the de Wets to annoy the soldiery during the Boer war. The dog was likely named for the same reason.
      I doubt if the word 'races' will figure in the inscription. The dog won 'courses' in a 'stake'. The stake in this case being the Irish Cup.
      'Were you in Clounanna this year?' said the ould lads in our kitchen. A world long gone.
      Rita

    13. National Library of Ireland on The Commons 27 months ago | reply

      Fantastic local information, Rita, thank you. Especially about using de Wets to annoy the local soldiery...

    14. Semjaja 24 months ago | reply

      Named after Gen de Wet, classic!

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