Eugene Davy

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Eugene O'Donnell Davy (26 July 1904 - 11 November 1996) was an Ireland international rugby union fly-half.

Davy was born into an affluent family in County Dublin on 26 July 1904.[1] He was one of nine surviving children of Thomas Davy, a merchant, and his wife Alice. According to 1911 Irish census, both Davy's parents were originally from County Tipperary and his family were living at 29 Terenure Road East, Rathgar.[2] He attended Belvedere College where he was a contemporary of Kevin Barry. He attended University College Dublin and captained the university rugby team in the 1925-26 season.[3]

Davy's club side was Lansdowne Football Club. The club won the Leinster Senior Cup five consecutive times from 1927 to 1931 and the Bateman Cup (the all-Ireland championship) on three occasions between 1928–29 and 1930-31.[4]

He won 34 international caps for Ireland between 1925 and 1934. His debut was on the 14 March 1925 against Wales.[1] He played his final international against England on 10 February 1934.[1] In his international career he scored eight tries and three drop goals and was part of the Irish team that shared the 1926 Five Nations Championship.[1] In 1930 he made history by scoring three tries in eight minutes in a 14-11 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. As of January 2009 he is among the top twenty try-scorers in Irish rugby history.[5]

He was manager of Ireland on their victorious 1967 tour of Australia.[6] He also served as president of the IRFU in 1967-68.[7]

In 1926 Davy and his brother James founded Davy Stockbrokers, now one of Ireland's leading providers of financial services.[8]

He died on 11 November 1996, aged 92.[9]

In 1999 UCD inaugurated the 'Davy Bursary' in his honour. He was one of thirty-two former Belvedere pupils profiled in Oliver Murphy's book Belvedere’s Rugby Heroes (2006).

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://sv1.sotic.net/scrum/players.php?player=23770&includeref=dynamic
  2. ^ "National Archives". Census.nationalarchives.ie. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  3. ^ Peter McKiernan (1999). "UCD News October 1999". UCD. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Style E 6360". Irish Rugby. 2006-10-12. Archived from the original on November 20, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Player Statistics". Irish Rugby. 2008-10-01. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  6. ^ Alice Miles (2005-11-13). "Tamer of the Aussies". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Presidents of the IRFU 1950-Present". Irish Rugby. 2007-01-11. Archived from the original on November 19, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  8. ^ "About Davy - History". Davy Stockbrokers. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Players and Officials - Eugene Davy". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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