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Mary's memories in photo archive

St Mary's College have launched the James Maguire Archive. Jim was a very familiar figure in St Mary's College RFC for many decades, as he patrolled the touch lines in deep concentration with his cameras.

His excellent work has ensured that a magical photographic record of the club's playing history exists.

He first became involved with the club when he photographed the winning teams of the 1948/49 season and this he did each year for many generations of teams at all levels. He developed a relationship -- or rather a love affair -- with the club which lasted until his death. Before he died, he compiled -- and most generously presented to the club -- a complete portfolio of his St Mary's photographs.

This now ensures that St Mary's College RFC has an enviable photographic collection for posterity.

Recently, that collection of photographs has been made digital and added to the St Mary's College website, www.stmaryscollegerfc.com.

Special thanks for all this work go to the club's archivist John Kinahan, Matt Gilsenan, Jim Murray and Eoin Quinn.

St Mary's College RFC president Niall Rynne was delighted that Jim's family was present to witness the launch of the archive. He added: "Jim was a true St Mary's man who loved rugby and the club and proved it through the lens of his cameras and his dedication over all those years. His collection has now been digitally archived and is available for viewing on the club website. We are ever indebted to Jim and the Maguire family."