President Higgins welcomes the Junior Irish Chess Teams to the Aras

Teams and Parents at the Aras

Report from Desmond Beatty on the visit to the Aras by the Irish Junior Chess Teams( icu website)

On Thursday 11th July, the Irish Glorney Teams visited President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

16 members of the teams together with parents, head of delegation, Noel Keating, and ICU Chairperson, Jonathan O’Connor attended

The President welcomed the team and wished them well for the match against England, Scotland and Wales, to be played this year in Cardiff. The teams will compete for four separate cups, the Glorney (U18), Gilbert (U18 Girls), Robinson (U14) and Stokes (U12), over 6 rounds on 21-23 July.

In his address, the president noted the value of chess in cognitive development and the development of concentration, patience and reflection (both before moving and after the game), as valuable life skills in this fast paced world.

The response to the President, delivered by team members, included thanks for his invitation and his welcome to the Áras, a noting of the centenary of the ICU, our championships currently on in Limerick, and Ireland’s planned hosting of the Glorney in 2015. The President also spent some time over the board exploring openings with team members. As white, the President played 1.b4.

To mark the visit, the President was presented with two books “The Irish invented Chess!” by Brian Nugent and the Irish chess guide “Ficheall” by Una O’Boyle. The latter was signed by the author and by the team members attending.

After the formalities, the visiting party was given a tour of the state rooms by one of the President’s ADCs.

Three members from Rathmines juniors were among the Irish team who met the President and who will travel to Wales this weekend to represent Ireland. Michael Higgins and Fiachra Scallan will play on the u12 and Scott Mulligan on the u14.Under 12s with President Higgins
Fiachra , Scott and Michael
Fiachra , Scott and Michael

Good luck to all of you, we will be keeping up to date with all the news from Wales next weekend. The Welsh website covering the event is

Budding chess champions visit the Áras

Louise Byrne, on Morning Ireland, talks to Ross Beatty, Michael Higgins and Tom O’Gorman who will represent Ireland at the Glorney next weekend. to listen to the podcast, go to…,20223219,20223219,flash,257

History of the Glorney Cup

The Glorney Cup was originally sponsored by a Dublin businessman, Mr Cecil Parker Glorney, in 1948 and was conceived as a Boys’ tournament between the four home nations. However, twenty years later, in 1968, it was joined by the Faber Cup (sponsored by Faber Books), a similar-styled event for Girls. However, these two Cups are now entirely financed by the hosting National Chess Federations. The competitions, played over four days, are played in a different country each year. Each country fields teams of five boys and three girls who are supervised by a Team Manager. The tournament venue rotates around each participating country.

Selection for the Glorney or Faber teams is regarded as a high point in the career of a junior chess player. It confirms their status as one of the top junior chess players in the country and gives them valuable experience against their counterparts in other countries.

The 1948-2007 winner list:

Glorney Cup: 44x England, 12x Netherlands, 3x Scotland, 2x Ireland, 2x France.

Faber Cup: 19x England, 11x Netherlands, 5x France, 3x Scotland, 2x Ireland, 1x Czech Republic, 1x England “B”.

For the last number of years the competition has expanded to include teams under 12 and 14 also.  It is now actually four competitions; all four competitions are team events:

Glorney Cup For players under 18 Robinson Cup For players under 14
Gilbert Cup For girls under 18 Stokes Cup For players under 12

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