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July 21-24, South of Ireland Championships, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland

Singles (Draw=4)

1R: Miss Smith d. Mary Lysaght 6-5 6-2
1R: G. Bailey d. M. Smith 5-6 6-2 6-4

FI: Miss Smith d. G. Bailey 6-1 6-4

MX: Mary Lysaght/William Bredin d. Miss Gloster/Edward Westropp 6-5 5-6 6-2 6-5

Note: The mixed doubles final was played over the best of five sets.
????, South of Ireland Championships, Limerick, Ireland (Grass)
Venue: Limerick Lawn Tennis Club

FI: Miss Smith d. ??

History - Limerick Lawn Tennis Club
seems to be the same tournament
 

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May 6-15, New South Wales Championships, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Grass)

R1: Annie Lamb d. Miss Andrews 6-0 6-2
R1: Eva Rodd d. Beatrice Metcalfe 6-4 6-4

R2: Lamb d Rodd 7-5 6-3
R2: Zilla Scott d Beaumont 6-1 6-0
R2: Eliza Fitzgerald d McLean 6-4 6-3
R2: C Green d H Beaumont 6-0 6-0

SF: Lamb d Scott 6-4 6-3
SF: Green d Fitzgerald 6-3 6-1

FI: Greene d Lamb 6-3 6-2

CR: C. Greene d. Annie Lamb (holder) 6-2
totally confusing in main post,
more logical: no CR in the GeeTee post
 

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June 28-July 2, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England (Grass)

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Doubles (Draw=6)

1R: Blanche Bingley/Lilian Watson-bye
1R: Margaret Bracewell/F. Lawrence d. Clara Hill/Beatrice Langrishe 4-6 6-3 6-4
1R: Bertha Steedman/Mary Steedman d. Effie Noon/Miss Noon 6-1 6-4
1R: Miss Noon/Effie Noon-bye

SF: Bingley/Watson d. Bracewell/Lawrence 6-2 4-6 6-2
SF: Steedman/Steedman d. Noon/Noon 6-1 6-4
very interesting
obviously 1R-defeat is SF
 

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May 24-29, Irish Championships, Dublin, Ireland (Grass)
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Doubles (Draw=5)

PR: Connie Butler/Louisa Martin d. Miss Hodson/Bessie Moore (US) 6-1 6-1
MOORE, “BESSIE” (Elisabeth Holmes Moore)
United States
Born 5 March, 1876 in Brooklyn, New York, US
Died 22 January, 1959 in Starke, Florida, US
[Active 1980-1919]

The first woman to win 4 US National titles (1896,1901,1903,1905) out of 8 finals. Elected to Hall of Fame in 1971. First took up tennis at the age of 12. Her father, a cotton broker, was also president of a New Jersey Country club. He was the person who encouraged her to enter her first tournament in 1890.
Should "Bessie Moore (US)" in Dublin point to the later US champion? This was the first thought by reading it. But it is clearly impossible.
And was there really another US player coincidentally named Elisabeth "Bessie" Moore visiting Ireland that year??? dubious
 

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began August 16, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (Grass)

FI: G. Rant d. A. Forster 6-4 6-5

DF: G. Rant/Mrs Warwick d. Mabel Lowther/May Lowther 6-3 6-1

MX: Kate Barkley/R.G. Pollock d. Miss Bond/Herbert Longe 6-4 6-1

Are the Lowthers any relation to Toupie Lowther?
Bio: LOWTHER, “TOUPIE” (or “Toupee”) (May Lowther)
would agree, even if May had been 12 at that time
 

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Discussion Starter #106
Thank for all of the corrections Peter :)

I agree regarding Bessie Moore not playing the Irish in 1886. She was born in Brooklyn, so a trip to Ireland and playing tennis there at the age of ten---no.

I have left the Saxmunden event as a question mark. It could be Toupie, but just as likely not. Toupie had no sister named Mabel.

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