Entering the grounds of Terenure College by way of the Main Gate one is met by an immense swathe of green. Pitches marked for Rugby, Soccer and Gaelic football. Hidden from view behind the College Chapel is the Lake with it's resident swans and assorted array of ducks. To your left, just in front of the 1890's wing of the school standing resplendent, our American Walnut Tree.
Folklore records that this same Walnut tree was brought home from Indiana USA by one of the early school borders and planted around 1867. Seven years into the life of the school.
There it stands to this day, a little worn, having been hit by lightening in 1992, but very much part of the fabric and stories of generations of students.
There it just is, on the edge of the boundary providing the necessary shade when the sun shines and shelter from the oft promised rain.
This Walnut Tree plays an important and unique role in the life of every cricketer. Reason being that since 1883 when the tree had evidently reached a suitable height to interfere with the swing of all but the best of the batsmen it has been recognised that anyone hitting the tree received an automatic six.
Of course over the years many continue to ask, was it a true six or a Walnut six?. It is into this tradition that the Taverners neatly fit.
Season after season they age as gracefully as the tree and add to the idyll of a summers evening. The cut and thrust of the competition, taking on all comers, at a gentleman's pace.
Just as the school would be nothing without it's Walnut tree. So too, a summer's season without the Walnut Taverners. Long life, good fortune and happiness to both.
Eoin Moore O.Carm..
DIRECTIONS TO GROUNDS:
From Terenure Village take the Templeogue road and the Main entrance to Terenure College is 800 yds on the right.
Trent under the Walnut Tree 2010 Kevin at the Wicket 2010
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OUR BELOVED WALNUT TREE IN ALL ITS WINTER GLORY