OLD IMAGES OF CLARE Tim Smythe, 1931

OLD IMAGES OF CLARE Tim Smythe, 1931


patheBritish Pathe has uploaded a video to its YouTube page showing Feakle man Tim Smythe claiming the 1931 World cross-country championship over  Baldoyle Racecourse in Dublin.

Tim Smythe, whose name is today associated with what was formerly known as the Fairgreen, won the race in a time of 48 minutes 52 seconds, 19 seconds ahead of the Englishman, Winfield. Despite heavy snow, Tim had beaten some of the world’s best runners including Deaken and Evenson from England.

The win was the climax of his running career but he went on to win many more races. In the 1931 track season he was successful in twenty-two events, over distances from 1 mile to 10 miles and including 5,000 metres in the Ireland versus France contest. He won again in the 1932 senior cross-country championship and qualified for a place on the International team for that years championship held in Brussels. Later that year he represented Ireland against Scotland in Edinburgh. Between 1929 – 1937 Tim won ten All-Ireland championships and was on the International cross-country team on nine consecutive occasions. He won every Munster track championship from 1 to 6 miles. He won hundreds of medals and prizes during his running career and continued to take part in competitive athletics until 1949.

Tim Smythe entered politics in 1948 when he was a founder member in Clare of Clann na Poblachta. He unsuccessfully contested the General Election for the party. He was first elected to Clare County Council in 1950 on a Clann na Poblachta ticket. After Clann na Poblachta dissolved he became an Independent candidate and in three subsequent elections he topped the poll. He was a member of the Council until 1974 when he retired from politics. He was also a member of Ennis U.D.C. from 1967 to 1974.

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