|Adare Chess Club
About (history) Section
|An open club with International aspirations
|Adare, Co Limerick, Ireland
Adare Chess Club has had three different time periods .....
1. In the late 1950's and early 1960's under the management of Garda John
Reid who became Irish Champion in 1960 and 1961. He later left the Gardai to
start a business which didn't work out. At one stage it is known he worked for
Chess Magazine, in Sutton Coldfield, England. Players known to be in the club
included Walter Fitzgibbon who moved to Cork and did much for chess there.
2. In the early to mid 1970's, John Alfred ran a club in the Village Hall with Billy
Sheahan. This ceased when John had finished his third level studies and
moved to Galway.
3. In April 2002, John Alfred started the current club in the Heritage Centre
and which continues to this day. This was primarily for children and many
100's have passed through. At its peak numbers reached a max of 50,
meeting in two session ... beginners and advanced. Several went on to play
for Ireland, and this is documented in the rest of this website. Having had to
move from Fridays to Thursdays, with the help of the Recession has
seriously dampened Junior Club activities.
In 2009, the Senior club was started and met in the Dunraven Arms hotel.
Gabriel Mirza joined in 2010 and under his Captaincy the club has won the
National Clubs Championships five times in a row.