Friday 19 December 2014

Oldest soccer cup is unveiled - 100 years after it was first won

Michael Staines

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Alo Mohan, Trustee of the Lipton Cup, and his family Matthew, Louis, wife Yvonne and daughter Lara at the unveiling of the cup at the Taste of Cavan food festival on Friday afternoon.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Alo Mohan, Trustee of the Lipton Cup, and his family Matthew, Louis, wife Yvonne and daughter Lara at the unveiling of the cup at the Taste of Cavan food festival on Friday afternoon. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

What is possibly the oldest football trophy in Ireland has been unveiled to the public after being held in trust for the past 100 years.

The Lipton Cup - known locally as the Peace Cup - was donated to Clones Town FC by tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton in 1913.

The cup was only ever played for once before the outbreak of the First World War. The following years were fraught with turbulence and the cup was delivered into the care of a local solicitor on condition that it would be handed back when the time was right. Local legend said that it would not be played for again "until peace reigns on this island".

Alo Mohan, the cup's trustee, said that it holds a special significance in the border area.

"After the First World War broke out there would have been a lot of tension in the area. There was no border here, but there would have been tensions between the communities and that is what gave it the name the Peace Cup," he said

The cup predates the FAI Cup (1922) by nine years and is believed to be the oldest soccer cup in the Republic of Ireland. "We are hoping that sometime soon you will hear that the cup is going to be played for and given its rightful historical significance within soccer in Ireland," said Mr Mohan.

The trophy was unveiled at a ceremony yesterday marking the service of Irishmen in the First World War WW1.

Irish Independent

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