We influenced the early Commonwealth, so it’s a pity Ireland isn’t taking part in Games

Mary Kenny – Irish Independent, 28 Jul 2014

Not a lot of people know – as Michael Caine is apt to say – that the Irish Free State played an influential role in developing the character of the Commonwealth, that group of 53 nations which arose out of the former British Empire.

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Image: England’s Steven Way in action in the Men’s Marathon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: Danny Lawson.