An Irishman’s Diary on Hiberno-Australian cricket

I’ve heard of people blazing trails, but until recently never trailing blazers

At one point  Tom Horan is said to have asked his tour guide to point out the seat of the famous “Mr de Valera”.

At one point Tom Horan is said to have asked his tour guide to point out the seat of the famous “Mr de Valera”.

I’ve heard of people blazing trails, of course.  But until recently, I had never heard of someone trailing blazers.  

The was before I read about a man called Thomas Joseph Dart Kelly, who was born in Waterford in the 1840s, moved to England in childhood, and later emigrated to Melbourne, where he became a noted cricketer. It was thus, according to one historian of the sport, that he became the first man in Australia “to wear a blazer”.  

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