History of Irish Lacrosse

This book begins with Irish legend and quickly moves to interesting Canadian-Irish connections in the History of Lacrosse:

“In the mid-to-late 1800s, in particular following the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 which saw nearly a million Irish people leave their homeland, the Irish emigrant community in Canada grew exponentially. In inner-city Montreal, the Irish Catholic immigrants in particular gravitated to a neighbourhood called Griffintown, just along the Lachine Canal. It was here that the Montreal Shamrocks Lacrosse club was founded by J. B. L. Flynn in 1867-1868. The Shamrock club would become a dominant force in Canadian lacrosse, and its fans were known as some of the most passionate supporters of any sport in the Montreal area. Their biggest rivalry was with the Montreal Lacrosse Club, which happened to also be the club of a certain William George Beers (when not performing his obligations as a dentist, writing the rules of lacrosse and creating the Victoria Rifles militia group, Beers was a goalkeeper for the Montreal Lacrosse Club).”

The book includes an array of interesting historical photos from the early days of lacrosse in both Ireland and Canada.


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