John Graham – ‘the surprise packet’

Found this newspaper clipping the other day. This is J.S.S. Graham golfing for Belvoir Park in 1938. He was also in the I.R.A. and rose to become Commandant-Colonel on the Northern Command, and O/C Belfast.

After he was imprisoned in the 1940s, he was to return to golf and made the Irish international team. He is named (incorrectly) as John F. Graham in the caption and described as ‘the surprise packet’ as it marked his breakthrough on to the Irish golfing scene. In his later career, he played for Strandhill in Sligo. The John Burke named in the caption was a former I.R.A. man who had played Walker Cup golf in the 1930s.


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