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College Park and Irish Athletics

An early image of athletics on college park:

Historic Image of College Races

In the middle of Trinity College lies College Park, a grassy area of some eight acres that has been used for recreation since it was laid out in the early part of the eighteenth century. St. Patrick's Well, situated in the Nassau Street wall near the Dawson Street gate, was once the most celebrated holy well in Dublin and a place of pilgrimage from all over Ireland. In 1688 a Danish council mound to the west of College was removed and the soil deposited in St. Patrick's Well Lane, the forerunner of Nassau Street, leading to the considerable difference in its level with College Park. In 1722 College Park was formally laid out and a wall was built on the boundary (Nassau Street side) of the Park. The perimeter of College Park was laid out with elm trees, which had to be cut down in the 1980's because of Dutch elm disease. A broad ditch known as the 'ha-ha' that used to intersect College Park was drained in 1813 with further drainage in the 1850's. The ha-ha was ultimately filled in. The water table today is maintained by continuous pumping.

The first recorded athletics meeting took place at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in 1849, followed by Exeter College, Oxford in 1850. Modern formalised athletic competition in Ireland was inaugurated on the 28th February, 1857 in College Park, organised by the Football Club (now Rugby), as Dublin University Football Club Foot Races. Only five events were held - 150 yards sprint, 440 yards, 3 miles, high jump and long jump. By all accounts these foot races were a loosely organised event with distances and times being arbitrary. So successful were the foot races in February 1857 that foot races were held a month later with the number of events increased to twelve! Clearly the track season began earlier in those days! From that time, with nine exceptions, College Races have been an annual event. A number of the events in College Races of that period would not be found in any orthodox athletic programme today, viz., a long jump with trapeze, a Siamese race, a three mile walk and a cricket ball throw. Up to 20,000 spectators flooded in to view the sports. Indeed the Illustrated London News of 1874 purported that 37,000 tickets were sold over the then two-day event. As many as 10,000 spectators even watched the first Clonliffe Invitation meeting in College Park in 1946. Where has this enthusiasm for athletics as a spectator sport in Ireland gone today?

The early days of the College Races were marked by general vigorous undergraduate celebrations, i.e., heavy drinking. In 1878 these 'celebrations' reached such heights that under the influence of "some cheap claret, beer and stout" a riot ensued. In attempting to quell the riot, three porters were injured and a carpenter's shed was burnt to the ground. This led to cancellation of the Races in 1879. In April 1880 further trouble occurred when the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Duke of Marlborough, was formally leaving Ireland. As his procession passed the front of College, students launched a stream of balloons filled half filled with flour which showered the police and bandsmen. Fireworks were tossed under the horses' feet and into the Lord Lieutenant's carriage. Permission to hold the Races that year was withheld! The races were revived in 1881 with the proviso that only 10,000 tickets were to be sold. The Races were again suspended during the Great War from 1915 - 1919 inclusive to be revived in 1920 by Dublin University Harriers and Athletics Club which has run them ever since. During the Great War troops were quartered on College Park, sheep grazed on the Park and the cricket ground became a meadow. In one of the more bizarre incidents to occur in College Park, the unfortunate shooting dead of a woman student while she was attending an athletic event led to the abandonment of the Races as a mark of respect in 1921. It was a stray bullet which came from outside College grounds on the Nassau Street side, not one from the starter's pistol! College Races were again suspended during part of World War II. The last time College Races failed to take place was in 1996 during the SIPTU dispute which led to a strike of all College security staff.

Although College Races have never again reached their pre-1880 status, College Park has a place in World and Irish Athletics history. In June 1873 at the College Races, A.C. Courtney, a Trinity athlete, set the first recognised World record and the first set by an Irishman for a flat race. He ran 1000 yards in 2 min 23.4 sec. In 1874 in College Park, John Lane of Trinity became the first long jumper to go beyond the 23 feet mark (7.0 metres). A compilation of Irish records and all time best marks covering 1890 - 1970 includes College Park as a venue where many Irish records of their day were set.

The Sports Pavilion was first mooted in 1881, although final permission for its construction was not obtained from the Board of Trinity College until 1884. It cost £1050! The official opening was held in 1885. Dublin University Harriers Club, which was to combine with Dublin University Athletics Club in 1921 to form D.U.H.A.C., was founded in December 1886. However, the University authorities have always recognised 1885 as the year in which the club was founded, as it was in that year that Dublin University Athletic Union became one of the founding members of the Irish Amateur Athletic Association, which was set up to regulate Irish athletics and, possibly more importantly at the time, to keep athletics out of the hands of the G.A.A. founded in 1884. The Trinity team that represented D.U.A.U. was the first team affiliated to the I.A.A.A. and competed as a club team for the first time in a recognised meeting in 1885. Thus, amid some confusion, 1885 actually marked the somewhat difficult birth of D.U.H.A.C. without the formalities. The centenary of D.U.H.A.C., the oldest athletics club in Ireland, was celebrated in 1985.

The First 50 Years in Summary (1885-1935)

1857 Dublin University Football Club Foot-Races (College Races) inaugurated
1872 Irish Champion Athletic Club formed Dublin University Athletic Club established, assumed responsibility for organising College Races
1873 First Intervarsity Athletic Competition held in Cork (TCD did not participate)
1873 A.C. Courtney of Trinity set World Record for 1000 yards in June in College Park with a time of 2:23.2
1874 John Lane of Trinity set World Record in long jump to became the first man to go beyond 23 feet (7.0 m) in College Park
1881 First Cross Country Championships held in Ireland between The City and Suburban Harriers and the County Dublin Harriers
1882 Dublin University Athletic Club merges into Dublin University Athletic Union
1885 Dublin University Athletic Union joined the Irish Amateur Athletics Association set up to regulate Irish athletics
1885 Dublin University Athletic Union competed as a Trinity club team for first time
1885 Trinity Sports Pavilion in College Park opened
1886 Dublin University Harriers founded in December of that year to promote cross country running
1887 D.U. Harriers competed in their first Cross-Country Championship on 26th March in Baldoyle, finishing 5th in team competition
1891 D.U. Harriers won Senior and Junior Cross Country titles
1895 D. U. Harriers Club Captain A.A. Seeds gained first international honour for club by being selected to represent Ireland against England in Baldoyle
1896 D.U. Harriers competed against Edinburgh University Hares and Hounds in intervarsity match in Edinburgh (DUH lost) became virtually an annual event into the 1950's
1897 D.U. Harriers hold first match against Oxford University Hare and Hounds at Meadowbrook (TCD won)
1902 London United Hospitals Hare and Hounds became first visiting 'varsity team to defeat D.U. Harriers
1906 D.U. Harriers won annual match with Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds for first time in Scotland
1908 D.U. Athletic Union won British Intervarsity Track and Field Sports
1909 College Races became the central event of Trinity Week for the first time
1921 D.U. Harriers and Athletics Club founded
1921-30 Trinity athletes win eight out of ten Irish 100 yard Championships
1921 D.U.H.A.C. won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championship
1922 D.U.H.A.C. won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championships
1923 I.A.A.A. and Gaelic Athletic Association joined to form N.A.C.A.
1924 D.U.H.A.C. won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championships
1932 D.U.H.A.C. contest British Intervarsity Cross Country Championship at Port Sunlight, the majority of runners lose their way on badly marked trail and end up running 11 miles instead seven miles!
1933 N.A.C.A.I. decline D.U.H.A.C. permission to compete against The Queen's University of Belfast for Londonderry Trophy because Queens joined Northern Ireland Athletic body
1934-35 International Intervarsity fixtures outside the Free State cancelled due to suspension of N.A.C.A.I. by International Board
1935 In its 50th year D.U.H.A.C won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championships

Trinity's Brightest Stars (1885-1935)

Dan D. Bulger (1885-1892)
  • won Irish 100 yards championship 6 times
  • won Irish 220 yards championship 4 times
  • won Irish 120 yards hurdles championship 4 times
  • won Irish long jump championship 4 times
  • won a total of 25 Irish championship Gold medals
  • English champion long jump 1889, 1891 and 1892
  • English 120 yards hurdles champion 1891 and 1892
  • 1892 I.A.A.A. 120 yards championship at Ballsliidge, equalled the then World record of 15.8 sec.
  • Joint Irish 100 yards Record Holder for 100 yards of 10.2 sec until 1909
A Vigne (1886-1888)
  • Irish 100 yards champion 1886 and 1887
  • Irish 220 yards champion 1887 and 1888
  • Irish 440 yards champion 1889
  • Joint Irish 100 yards Record Holder of 10.2 sec with Dan Bulger until 1909
  • Irish Record Holder for 220 yards of 22.8 sec until 1909
C.R. Dickinson (1891-1892)
  • In 1892 became first Irishman to win a flat race championship of England in 440 yards in a time of 50.4 sec.
  • Irish Champion at 220 yards in 1892
  • Irish Champion at 440 yards in 1891 and 1892
D. Grimshaw (1894)
  • Irish one mile steeplechase holder
Cyril H. Dickinson (1897-1898)
  • Irish Champion at 880 yards in 1897 and 1898
  • Irish Champion at one mile in 1897
J.C. Merdith (1895-1896)
  • English champion at 440 yards in 1896
  • Irish Champion at 100, 220 and 440 yards in 1885
  • Equalled Irish record for 440 yards of 51 sec. In 1896
G.G. Duggan (1908)
  • Represented Ireland in Paris in 1908 in cross country
H. Thrift (1906)
  • Irish Champion at 440 yards
G.N. Morphy (1905-1910)
  • Irish Record for 880 yards in 1905 of 1:56.8
  • Irish champion at 440 yards in 1908, 1909 and 1910
  • Irish Champion at 880 yards in 1905, 1906 and 1908
F.R.S. Shaw (1912-1914)
  • Irish Champion at 220 yards 1912, 1913 and 1914
  • Irish Champion at 100 yards 1913 and 1914
  • Representing Ireland against Scotland in Belfast in 1913, equalled Irish Record for 100 yards of 10 sec
H.E. Worthington-Eyre (1920)
  • Member of British Olympic Team in Antwerp in 440 yards
Denis Cussen (1921)
  • Irish Champion at 100 and 220 yards and in shot putt, discus and long jump in 1921
  • Irish Champion in 1922 at 100 yards and long jump
  • Irish Champion at 100 yards in 1925
  • In 1928 after leaving Trinity he again was Irish Champion at 100 yards, becoming the first Irishman to break 10 sec in a time 0f 9.8 sec, a record that was to stand for many years
  • Represented Ireland in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam where he reached the semi-final
R.R. Woods (1922-1923)
  • Irish Champion at 220 yards in 1922
  • Irish Champion at 100 and 220 yards in 1923
R. McKeag (1922)
  • Irish Champion at 440 yards
C.B. Eustace (1922)
  • Irish Champion at 880 yards
J.W. Craig (1926)
  • British Intervarsity Cross Country Champion
G.B. Eustace (1925-1932)
  • Dead - Heated in 1925 with Irish Olympian Sean Lavan for Irish 100 yards title
  • Irish Champion at 100 yards 1929 and 1930
  • Irish Champion at 220 yards 1930 and 1932
  • Irish Record at 220 yards of 22.2 sec in 1930

War and Peace (1936-1949)

1935 Irish Amateur Athletic Union (I.A.A.U.) formed and D.U.H.A.C. affiliated to that body
1936 D.U.H.A.C. won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field Championship
1937 D.U.H.A.C. won Irish Intervarsity Track and Field for 3rd consecutive year
1935-37 Only 17 men represented Trinity over the three years to gain the treble 1935-1937 in the then 10 events comprising the Intervarsity Track and Field
1938 D.U.H.A.C. first away tour to Scotland for five years
1939 Trinity excluded from Irish Intervarsity. The victim of I.A.A.U. v N.A.C.A.I. politics
1938 D.U.H.A.C. finish 4th out of 21 university teams in British Intervarsity Track and Field Championships at White City, London
1939 D.U.H.A.C. win Londonderry trophy in Belfast for first time since 1925
1938 Trinity and Queen's athletes represent Ireland as a combined Irish University team in Scotland for match against Scottish Universities
1938 Seven D.U.H.A.C. athletes chosen to represent Ireland in European Championships in September
1940 Newly re-established cross channel fixtures between D.U.H.A.C. and Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities fall by wayside with outbreak of World War II
1945 Fixtures with Queen's and cross channel revived
1945 D.U.H.A.C. narrowly won cross country against Glasgow University Hare and Hounds in Phoenix Park in December
1946 First post-WWII tour by D.U.H.A.C. to Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and visit by Oxford University to College Park
1947 First Clonliffe Invitation Meeting in College Park attracts 10,000 spectators
1948 D.U.H.A.C. beat Q.U.B.A.C. for first time since 1942

D.U.H.A.C. Stars of 1936-1949

R.H. Wallace (1932-1938)
  • Irish 120 yard hurdles champion in 1932
  • Broke Dan Bulger's 43 year old Irish record for 120 yards at College Races with a time of 16.2 sec in 1932
  • 2nd in 440 yard hurdles at British AAA's championship in 1934
  • On resumption of International Athletics after the "athletics war", placed 3rd in 440 yards hurdles in both 1937 and 1938
L.N. Horan (1937-1945)
  • Winner of 13 Irish Championships (1 decathlon, 3 javelin, 9 shot putt)
  • Best shot putt 49'2" (14.97 m)
David Guiney (1946-1948)
  • Ireland's sole representative at Euopean Games in 1946 in shot putt
  • Multiple winner of AAA's titles
  • 1948 Olympian in London
R.C. Jephson (1945-1949)
  • Irish Champion at 100 and 220 yard

The Fifties

1950 D.U.H.A.C. & Oxford University v. Q.U.B.A.C. & Cambridge University Track and Field Match College Park took place on June 21st (Trinity were on the losing side)
1951 D.U.H.A.C. participated once more in the Irish Universities Championships. Displeasure of athletic officialdom led to further ban for many years.
1951 D.U.H.A.C. won eight I.A.A.U. titles
1952 D.U.H.A.C. won Inter Club Relays, but lost blues match against Queens
1953 D.U.H.A.C. lost Inter Club Relays for first time in many years
1954 Tom Maguire, who was Club Coach for 30 years, died
1954 Jack Sweeney becomes D.U.H.A.C. coach
1955 D.U.H.A.C. finish 4th in British (U.A.U.) championships behind London, Oxford and Loughborough
1956 D.U.H.A.C. won all inter university matches and again finished 4th in U.A.U. championships
1956 D.U.H.A.C. won G.V. Ryan Trophy, the then unofficial team championship of the I.A.A.U.
1957 U.I.E. and F.I.S.U. Re-Unification (World Student) Games Paris - four Trinity athletes, H.G. Reynolds, R.T. Taylor J.B. Lawson and G.R. Mason, represent Ireland
1957 D.U.H.A.C. recorded victories in matches against Crusaders, Donore Harriers, Aberdeen University and Civil Service
1958 D.U.H.A.C. won the Londonderry Trophy for the first time since 1942
1959 D.U.H.A.C. athletes win 5 titles in the A.A.U. and N.I.A.A. (then All Ireland) championships
1959 D.U.H.A.C. retain Londonderry Trophy - 4x400 yards relay squad broke Irish record - and blues match against Queens

D.U.H.A.C. Stars of the 50's

R.D. Miller (1951-1953)
  • First Irishman to throw javelin over 200 feet (60.96 m) in 1951
  • Won U.A.U. Javelin title in 1952
  • 2nd in AAA's in 1952
  • Picked for British Team in Helsinki Olympics in 1952 where he reached the final (a feat equalled by no other Briton or Irishman in the javelin until David Ottley won the Silver medal in 1984 in Los Angeles Games)
R.J. Mackey (1953-1957)
  • A.A.U. 880 yards Champion and 1 mile Champion in Record time in 1955
  • Broke College 880 yards record of G.N. Morphy that had stood since 1905 in 1:55.4
  • U.A.U. champion at 880 yards in 1956
J.B. Lawson (1953-1957)
  • A.A.U. Javelin Champion 1953
  • 2nd in Javelin U.A.U. Championships 1955
  • International Union of Students (U.I.E.) World Student Games in Paris 1957
R.H. Taylor (1953-1959)
  • U.A.U. Champion Discus, 3rd in Shot Putt 1955
  • 2nd in U.A.U. championships in Shot putt and Discus in 1956
  • International Union of Students (U.I.E.) World Student Games in Paris 1957
  • A.A.U. Shot Putt and Discus Champion 1959
J.O. Oladitan (1953-1957)
  • 3rd in U.A.U. Long Jump in 1955
  • U.A.U. Champion in Long Jump in 1957
  • 2nd in U.A.U. championships in 1958
  • Represented Nigeria in long jump at the Commonwealth Games in 1958 in Cardiff
H.G. Reynolds (1957)
  • International Union of Students (U.I.E.) World Student Games in Paris 1957
G.R. Mason (1957)
  • International Union of Students (U.I.E.) World Student Games in Paris 1957
R.V. Francis (1958-1959)
  • A.A.U. 440 yard Champion 1959
B.D. Hannon (1957-59)
  • A.A.U. 440 yard Hurdles Champion 1959
T.T. Lunde (1958-59)
  • 2nd in High Jump and Pole Vault at U.A.U. championships in 1958
  • A.A.U. Pole Vault Champion 1959
  • Indefatigable efforts in 1959 Londonderry Trophy match played no small partin the victory ("he moved from high jump to long jump to pole vault to shot circle to javelin and back to discus circle")
C.J. Shillington (1957-59)
  • Represented Northern Ireland in Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958
  • 2nd in 880 yards at U.A.U. championships in 1958

The 75th Anniversary

The 75th anniversary of D.U.H.A.C. was celebrated in the 1960-61 season. The season began well with wins against Clonliffe, in the Inter Club Relays and against Queens. At the U.A.U. championships the club achieved its best ever placing, third behind the giants of London and Loughborough. In the process T.T. Lunde won the high jump and pole vault, C.J. Shillington set a new meeting record in the 880 yards of 1:51.5 and R.H. Taylor was 2nd in the shot putt and 3rd in the discus. The match against Cambridge University was also won. In the Londonderry Trophy D.U.H.A.C. retained the title in style by winning every event on the track except the 3 x 120 yards hurdles and holding their own in the field. This was followed by a win in the G.V. Ryan trophy. In this event R.H. Taylor, who had left Trinity in 1960, thought he had set a new Irish record in the shot but it was found to be 1 oz.(28.4 g) underweight! C.J. Shillington ran the half mile in an open meeting at Santry and clocked 1:49.8 which equalled the qualifying time set by the British Board for that year's Olympics in Rome. The A.A.U. championships saw club members win 9 titles in all, amongst them the mile won by C.J. Shillington in 4:06.4, the third fastest time ever by an Irishman at that time. R.H. Taylor got his new Irish record (49' 7" = 15.11 m) in the shot putt (by insisting that the shot be weighed before he threw), so depriving another of Trinity's great athletes Dave Guiney of his Irish record which had stood since 1948. The climax of the season was a jubilee match against the rest of the A.A.U. in College Park in which D.U.H.A.C. were narrowly beaten. It was certainly the club's best year in competition since its foundation in 1885!

The highlight of 1961 was undoubtedly the first colours match against U.C.D. After much toing and froing behind the scenes in order to oil the bureaucratic wheels, permission was finally granted by the I.A.A.F. to the holding of a closed meeting with U.C.D. This event took place in College Park amid some frantic preparation on 1st June, 1961 before a large crowd of some 4000 spectators. The match by all accounts was a closely fought affair, Trinity's victory being very much a team effort.

If the overall results in 1961 were very much a tribute to team spirit, one must nonetheless highlight the performances of one athlete if any have to be picked out in the 1961 season as having contributed to the Trinity's overall success, namely T.T. Lunde's competitive record. Of the 30 events this Norwegian participated in wearing the D.U.H.A.C. vest during the season he won 19 and came second in 10!

The 1961 Fixture List and Results:
27.04.61College ParkBirmingham UniversityWon 88 - 38
06.05.61SantryClonliffe HarriersWon 85 - 48
10.05.61College ParkInter Club RelaysWon 45 - 24 etc.
13.05.61College ParkQueen's UniversityWon 99 - 44
16.05.61SantryA.A.U. Lost 72 - 71
20.05.61CherryvaleLondonderry Trophy MeetingWon 51- 49 -17
26/27.05.61Motspur ParkU.A.U. Championships4th behind London, Loughborough & Cambridge
29.05.61Iffley RoadOxford & United HospitalsWon 68 - 39
01.06.61College ParkU.C.D. Won 87 - 73
03.06.61SantryG.V. Ryan Trophy MeetingWon 41 - 34 etc.

If today's students wonder how their predecessors could devote so much time to athletics, it should be pointed out that in those days the annual examinations in TCD were held in September.

R.H. Taylor who left Trinity went on to become the first Irishman to putt the shot over 50 feet (50' 6" = 15.39 m). J.O. Oladitan who had left Trinity in 1960 won the AAA's long jump title in 1961. The Jubilee year also saw the emergence of H. Kennedy-Skipton as a javelin thrower following in the footsteps of Trinity's two other javelin masters R.D.W. Miller and J.B. Lawson.

The Sixties (1961-69) Excluding the 75th celebrations

1961 In Cross Country, the Harriers won matches against Crusaders and Avondale, suffered defeats to Donore, Clonliffe and Queens, and were 3rd in the A.A.U. Novice Championships
1962 D.U.H.A.C., readmitted to Irish Intervarsities, won the P.J. O'Sullivan Cup for the first time since 1936
1962 2nd ever Colours Match against U.C.D. saw the honours shared on 86 pts

The season after the 75th celebration was not a vintage one except for the winning of the Irish Intervarsities Track and Field and the Inter-club relays. In both triangular matches against Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities and against Glasgow and St. Andrew's Universities D.U.H.A.C. came 2nd. The match against the A.A.U. combined and the G.V. Ryan were lost.

1962 In cross country, the Harriers won over Aberdeen University, were defeated by Donore and Clonliffe, lost to Aberdeen and St. Andrew's Universities on tour, and lost the Quuen's match.
1962 First Colours cross country against U.C.D. ended in a tie
1962 D.U.H.A.C. won quadrangular match against Queens, Bangor and Aberystwyth in Phoenix Park
1963 Inaugural Intervarsity Cross Country match against three colleges of the National University won by D.U.H.A.C. for the 'Green Fox Trophy': D.U.H.A.C. = 31pt, U.C.D.A.C. = 59 pts, U.C.C.A.C. = 111 pts, and U.C.G.A.C. = 143 pts.
1963 D.U.H.A.C. won the Inter-Club relays
1963 D.U.H.A.C. won quadrangular match against Queens, Bangor and Aberystwyth, but lost Intervarsity Track and Field to U.C.D., lost Colours Track and Field to U.C.D., and lost match against A.A.U.
1963 D.U.H.A.C. completed successful athletics tour of England, Holland and Sweden
1964 D.U.H.A.C. scored wins over Aberdeen and St. Andrew's on Scottish tour and defeated Queens and Edinburgh at home
1964 P.J. O'Sullivan Cup (Intervarsity) lost to U.C.D., but Colours Track and Field won
1965 Track and Field matches against Birmingham and Aberdeen Universities were won, but those against Queens (at the then new Malone track) and Glasgow were lost
1965 D.U.H.A.C. won Inter Club Relays

The remainder of the sixties was not noteworthy for club performances. The lack of success was not due to a lack of outstanding individual performances rather than to the absence of any depth of talent. It became clear that the second man to score was all important to the outcome of the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships which D.U.H.A.C. were not to win again in the '60's.

1966 C. Butterworth in the match against Queen's in College Park threw the javelin 196' 7" (59.92 m). M. Bull of Queens cleared 14' 6" (4.42 m) in the pole vault!
1966 2nd May, 1996 written into the minute book of D.U.H.A.C. as "probably one of the blackest days in the club's history" as U.C.D. trounced D.U.H.A.C. in the Irish Universities Track and Field, compounded latter by the loss of the Colours match to U.C.D.
1966 In National Championships J. Rees won the 220 yards in 22.6, J. Russell took the high jump with 6' 4" (1.93 m), and A. Thunerke the javelin with 211' 6" (64.47 m), who went on to represent Ireland against England
1967 Sunday 23rd April D.U.H.A.C. affiliated to Bórd Lúthchleas na hÉireann
1967 D.U.H.A.C. club funds reach all time low £11.3.7 (£11.18)
1967 D.U.H.A.C. lose match against Queen's, the Inter-Club relays and lose Irish University Championship to U.C.D. = 135 pts; U.C.C. = 104 pts; D.U.H.A.C. = 57 pts
1967 In 104th College Races notable figures such as Noel Carroll won the 880 yards and Tom O'Riordan, the two mile invitation
1968 Colours match and Irish University Championship lost to U.C..D. - Intervarsitoes was held in College Park and saw the return of a full Queens team for the first time in some years
1969 English athletes banned from participation in College Races
1969 D.U.H.A.C. men's vests changed to maroon in colour because "white was not distinctive enough"
1969 Queen's won Intervarsities Track and Field at Malone grounds - the organisation left much to be desired despite the lovely grounds which Queens made the most of
1969 John Dillon, one of Trinity's finest ever athletes, made debut in Intervarsities coming 3rd in 440 yard hurdles, 3rd in the 200 m and 2nd as part of D.U.H.A.C.'s 4 x 110 yards relay team behind Queen's

D.U.H.A.C. Stars of the Sixties

Colin J. Shillington
  • A.A.U. Champion 1 mile in 1961
  • Winner of 880 yards and 1 mile and 3rd in 440 yards in First Colours match against U.C.D
T.T. Lunde
  • Winner of the high jump and pole vault, 2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the javelin in the First Colours match against U.C.D.
S. C. Whittome
  • Winner of first cross country Colours match
  • Broke College 1 mile and 3 mile records in 1963
Winners of Inaugural Intervarsity Cross Country - The 'Green Fox Trophy'
  • P. Davy, S. C. Whittome, A. Shillington, A. Sparshott, S. Byrne and F. Quinlan
J. Rees
  • National Champion in 220 yards 1966
J. Russell
  • National Champion in high jump six times between 1959 - 1969
  • All-England Schools Champion and British AAA's Junior Champion (1960)
  • Competed for Ireland on three occasions
A. Thunerke
  • National Champion in javelin 1966
Tim Macey
  • Winner of 104th College Races Marathon in 2 h 43 in 18 sec
  • Later became a highly respected marathon runner