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Maurice Davin (1842–1899)

Maurice Davin was a farmer from Carrick-on-Suir who went on to become a renowned athlete and co-founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. He also served two terms as it’s president. Davin was instrumental in the early years of the organisations development, when standardised rules were introduced for several sports including Hurling and Gaelic Football. Davin has a stand in Croke Park (the national GAA stadium) named after him.

Maurice Davin was one of four brothers, Maurice, Pat, Tom and Dennis, all of whom were outstanding athletes. He and his brother Pat achieved worldwide renown, with many regarding Pat Davin as the best all around athlete the island of Ireland has ever produced. Maurice held several word records at hammer throwing, and also excelled at the high jump. He had previously been a boxer and boatman (his family owned a boat building business as well as a farm), winning many regattas.

A monument to Maurice Davin (left) was erected in 2012 outside the grounds of Carrick Davins GAA Club, who carry the Davin name.