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The Club was born out of an original desire by a number of serving and retired Cavalry Officers to form a "Cavalry Officer's Association" in 1944. The desire was to enable members of the Corps who had retired the service or would soon be de-mobbed after "The Emergency" to have contact with serving Cavalry Officers and, by extension, the Corps. The initial proposed objectives of the "Cavalry Officers Association" were:

  • To enable the Association members to keep in touch with each other by the organisation of social functions.
  • The promotion of the welfare of ex-members of the Cavalry Corps of all ranks

The founders entered into correspondence with the authorities and were eventually given permission in or around February 1946. The title of the Association was changed to "The Cavalry Club" on the suggestion of the then Director of Cavalry, Colonel A.T.Lawlor, who was fully supportive of the endeavor.

A number of committee meetings led to the first Annual General Meeting in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin on the 8 May 1946 and the following officers of the club were elected:

President :  Comdt A. Mayne (Retd)

Chairman :   Capt P.J. McHale (Retd)

Secretary :  Lt J. Crowley

Treasurers :  Capt L.N.Atchison (Retd), CaptA.I.Elliot (RO)

Members     Lt J. Cleary (RO)       Capt R.Collier

Members     Lt F. Dwyer (RO)       Lt J. Harrison (Retd)

Members      Major RC. Byrne      Lt Count O'Kelly (Retd)

This group wasted no time and declared at the AGM that the Gresham Hotel had been booked for a dance on 7 August in the middle of Horseshow Week... the first Cavalry Ball, an event which became the social focus of that week for many years. The initial membership subscription was set at ten shillings and six-pence.

The founding members of the Cavalry Club are listed as Leslie N. Atchison, Jack Harrison, Sean Cleary, Pat McHale, Alex Elliot and Count O'Kelly. Indeed when the then D Cav wrote to the COS he enunciated "...the gentlemen mentioned all hold responsible positions. Mr Atchison is in the Bank of Ireland, College Green, Mr McHale is in the National Bank Ltd. College Green, and Mr Harrison is Assistant Manager and part owner of what is probably the largest monumental and stone-cutting establishment in the country." The Club's bank accounts were opened in the National Bank, College Green, now the Bank of Ireland, and remain there to this day.

The Cavalry Club is over 60 years of continuous existence and it was the forerunner for a number of other Corps-based Clubs which followed. The fact that it has survived is testament to a number of stalwarts and the overall support of those who pay their annual subscription. The situation remains somewhat similar today. As well as keeping the country's social calendar thriving the early and consistent activities of the Club included the Treasure Hunt!! Imagine the consternation and wonderment caused on the quiet roads of Ireland by large numbers of Cavalrymen careering about in all sorts of four and two-wheeled vehicles. All of this as well as trying to decode the riddles penned in perfect rhyme by Owen Quinn.

The new millennium has brought many challenges to the Defence Forces and the Cavalry Corps. The Corps has had to bear its share of the dreaded "cutbacks" and has even had its most senior unit, the I Armd Car Sqn, and amalgamated with the 1 Tank Squadron to form the 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron. The original idea behind the formation of the Cavalry Club is more relevant than ever as we mark the 80th Anniversary of the Cavalry Corps. All members are exhorted to support Club events, stay in contact with old comrades and keep an eye on the Club website for reports and news of forthcoming events.

 Presidents of the Cavalry Club

1945

Capt

P. J. McHale

1946

Comdt

A. W. Mayne

1947

Comdt

Hugh Maguire

1948

Lt Col

P. C. Byrne

1949

Capt

L. N. Acheson

1950

Col

J. V. Lawless

1951

Capt

M. J. Blake

1952

Capt

J. L. Bergin

1953

Comdt

P. J. McCullagh

1954

Col

A. T. Lawlor

1955

Lt

J. D. Cleary

1956

Capt

R. M. Collier

1957

Capt

J. F. Coffey

1958

Comdt

K. Nunan

1959

Capt

Clem Kinsella

1960

Col

J. Cogan

1961

Comdt

C. J. Hegarty

1962

Comdt

J. H. Foley

1963

Capt

T. Wyse

1964

Comdt

J. Crowley

1965

Lt

A. Pender

1966

Comdt

Owen Quinn

1967

Capt

B. O’Tighearnaigh

1968

Capt

F. Lawless

1969

Capt

A. Elliott

1970

Capt

E. J. Sheehy

1971

Gen.

S. Collins-Powell

1972

Comdt

R. E. McCorley

1973

Capt

T. Buckley

1974

Lt Col

S. Barrett

1975

Lt

David Holden

1976

Lt

David Holden

1977

Comdt

W. Young

1978

Capt

F. McMahon

1979

Lt Col

P. J. Liddy

1980

Comdt

D. Kennedy

1981

Comdt

K. Knightly

1982

Comdt

F. O’Connor

1983

Comdt

J. Moriarty

1984

Capt

N. Treacy

1985

Comdt

T. Whelan

1986

Capt

E. W. Farrell

1987

Comdt

L. Mac Namee

1988

Capt

P. Carey

1989

Comdt

N. Daly

1990

Comdt

P. O’Brien

1991

Comdt

L. Costello

1992

Capt

N. Maher

1993

Comdt

E. Smyth

1994

Capt

P. Buckley

1995

Comdt

P. Rafter

1996

Comdt

N. Cremen

1997

Comdt

E. O’Briain

1998

Comdt

E. O’Briain

1999

Lt Col

N. Byrne

2000

Comdt

S. O’Keeffe

2001

Capt

F. McMahon

2002

Comdt

R. Duggan

2003

Capt

C. McQuaid

2004

Lt

M. Morris

2005

Col

B. McCann

2006

Comdt

G. Cooney

2007

Lt Col

K. Kelly

2008

Col

D. Heaslip

2009

Capt

M. Bohan

2010

Comdt

R. McCorley

2011/12

Col

G. Kerton

2012/13

Comdt

E. Cooke

2014

Capt

J. Power

2015

Comdt

P. Norton

2016

Lt Gen

Sean McCann