Interesting account of John Graham’s golfing career by Mark Wehrly. Graham was Director of Intelligence on the IRA’s Northern Command and Belfast O/C for a time in 1942. Narrowly missing out on the chance to escape in January 1943, he then spent seven years in Crumlin Road.
Graham’s golf career began in the 1930s when he played for Belvoir, and continued after his release in 1949, when he played for Strandhill. He also was a golf international and played on the Ireland team that beat England for the first time in 16 years in September 1950. He was also married to the actress Sheila McGibbon.
Graham also wasn’t the only republican who had a golfing career interrupted. For more, read Mark Wehrly’s blog post here.