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Trinity College Dublin


Dublin University Fencing Club Captains

2011/12 - Ned Mitchell
2010/11 - Alex Kelly
2009/10 - Declan Gibbons
2008/09 - Louis Arron
2007/08 - Lachlan Sykes
2006/07 - Colin Couper
2005/06 - Aoife Brown
2004/05 - Colm Flynn
2003/04 - James Stratford
2002/03 - Ken Suzuki
2001/02 - Suzanne Clayton
2000/01 - Nat O'Connor

Club Photos

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DUFC Club Photo, April 2010

DUFC Intervarsity Winning Team (DCU, 2010)

DUFC Club Photo, April 2010

DUFC Intervarsity Winning Team (UUC, 2009)

DUFC Intervarsity Winning Team (UCC, 2008)

DUFC Club Photo, May 2004

DUFC Intervarsity Team (Trinity, 2004)

History of Fencing at Trinity College
Research by Suzanne Clayton, 2002

"Fencing has been practiced at Trinity since the college was founded, as dueling was commonplace among the gentry for one hundred and fifty years thereafter. John Hely-Hutchinson, Provost TCD, 1774-1794, promoted fencing as a manly accomplishment and a 'Gentleman's Club of the Sword' existed in the college in the 18th century. The present fencing club dates from 1941 and has blossomed in the Luce Hall. For many years, one of Ireland's premier fencing clubs, Trinity has produced a string of International and Olympic fencers and in 1990-91, the club retained the Russell Cup for Irish Intervarsity fencing for a remarkable 13th consecutive year"

Dr. Trevor West, "The Bold Collegians" 1991. (Dublin)

Early 1500s Rapiers first developed
Elizabeth I's charter founds Trinity College Dublin. Swords were worn as everyday dress for the next 150 years. Reports of dueling within college walls occur from the early 17th century to the early 18th.
1599 George Silver's "Paradoxes of Defence" published.

1602 Shakespeare's Hamlet first performed.
1603 Elizabeth I - James I
James I conquers Ireland. TCD students involved in duels between those who supported William and the few that supported King James. James turns college rooms into prison cells for dissenters, further angering students.
1605 Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote".
1625 James I - Charles I of England and Ireland
1649 Charles I executed. Republic until 1653 (Charles II)
1685 Charles II - James II
1689 James II - King William and Mary
1690 Battle of the Boyne

Blunt tipped fencing foil invented. Fencing gains a new respectability and becomes a pursuit of the nobility and gentry. A 'Gentleman's Club of the Sword' exists in Trinity throughout the 18th century.
1702 William II - Queen Anne
1714 Queen Anne - George I
1729 George I - George II
1760 George II - George III
1763 Domenico Angelo, "The School of Fencing"
Trinity Provost Hely-Hutchinson wishes to build a fencing school, horse riding arena, dancing and foreign language school in college grounds to learn 'gentlemanly' pursuits, but these plans were denounced by the board and widely satirised. Fencing was regarded as training for duels, more than the modern Olympic sport is was to become.
15th April, 1789

Theobald Wolfe Tone, auditor of the TCD Historical Society reproves members for dueling within college grounds.

"It has been my fortune to be unwilling witness to many quarrels in this Society, very few of which came to termination in the field, and in none did any serious mischief occur, except to the reputation of this institution. I did with great satisfaction congratulate myself that the demon of dueling was laid, though not in a Red Sea, and, as I hoped, would walk within these hallowed walls no more"

1800s Swords no longer worn as everyday dress. The great fencing masters - Angelo, Nadi, Pinao, Senac, defined techniques of the sport of fencing.
1822 Walter Scott, "Ivanhoe"
1835 The Historical Society Auditor condemns the recent outbreak of dueling in college.
1844 Alexander Dumas, "The Three Musketeers"
1845-1849 Great Irish Famine
1850s Fencing Mask adopted for training
1852 Last duel fought in England at Priest Hill, Surrey.
1860s Santelli, Barbassetti, Borsody develop Sabre technique.
1891 Amateur Fencers League of America founded.
1894 Anthony Hope "Prisoner of Zenda"
1896 Modern Olympic Games - Men's Fencing Event

1901 Queen Victoria - Edward VII
Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) founded in Paris
1914-18 World War I
1916 Easter Rising in Dublin
1921 Fencing European Championships
1924 Women's Event in the Olympics
1929 Film, "The Iron Mask"
1935 Films, "The Three Musketeers", "Captain Blood"
1937 Films, "Prince and the Pauper", "Prisoner of Zenda"
1938 Film, "Adventures of Robin Hood"
1939-45 World War II
1941 The modern DUFC founded
1940s Electric Épée first used
1950s Electric foil introduced
Trinity win Russell Intervarsity Cup
(photo: DUFC's first Maitre d'Armes, Prof. Patrick J Duffy)
1973 Film, "The Princess Bride"
1980s Electric Sabre introduced
1990s Films, "Braveheart" "By The Sword",
"Robin Hood"

2007 Ex-Junior England Commonwealth Manager, Tristan Parris joins DUFC as coach
2008 Ex-International Swedish Sabreur, Thomas Årnfelt joins DUFC as sabre coach