Every now and then somebody will contact us with material that they think will fit nicely on the blog. I am incredibly grateful to Colm Hughes for sharing a photo album of Peadar Gaskins with me. Peadar, a Dubliner, played with a very successful Shamrock Rovers side in the early 1930s, and was also capped by Ireland on five occasions, captaining the team. He also spent some time with St. James’s Gate, a team that are now a part of the history of Association Football in Dublin. Reporting on a 4-1 victory for James’s Gate over Rovers in 1937, the Irish Press wrote that “Gaskins was impassable. His head or foot was there every time to check lively Rovers raids, and send his own forwards on a goal-hunt.”
Peadar, who was living in the Iveagh Buildings at the time of his passing, died in 1949 at only 40 years of age. This family photo album was compiled by Beatrice Gaskins, the wife of the full back footballer, and will certainly interest historians of Irish football or indeed League of Ireland and Irish national team supporters. There are images here of iconic teams and important places, and I particularly like the images of a packed Dalymount Park, a reminder that the domestic league still had huge crowd pull in the 1930s. In addition to images of Peadar himself, it includes plenty of ephemera and momentos from Irish away trips, some images of other footballers of note (including the great Jimmy Dunne) and other bits and pieces.
Jimmy Dunne is in the papers in recent times, as his record of scoring in twelve games in a row in English league football remains unbeaten. In addition to his football abilities, an obituary at the time of Dunne’s passing noted that he was “a former member of ‘D’ Company IRA who was interned at Curragh and Portlaoise where he spent a term on hunger strike.”
This is merely a selection of the images, but I’ve tried to take a mix of league football and international games.
Comments are particularly welcome sharing information on these images.