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Charles Henry Kinahan
  • Born 29 September 1836
  • Died 13 April 1878 at Charlemont Street, Dublin
  • Educated Mr Rainsford's School; Dublin University
  • Occupation Distiller; Army Officer.
  • Debut 10 September 1855 v Gentlemen of England at Phoenix CC, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
  • Cap Number 5
  • Style Hand unknown; wicket keeper.
  • Teams Dublin University, Phoenix

Charles Kinahan came from a long established ascendancy family, which, originally from County Cork, was established in Dublin by the time of his birth. Eventually a branch was prominent in Co Down. Charles was a useful batsman, who was three years in the Dublin University XI from 1854 to 1856. His team-mates included his cousin William, as well as leading underarmer Arthur Samuels, and JP Mahaffy. Charles also played for the Phoenix club at this time and was a member of the XXII that occasioned great rejoicing in Dublin, by defeating the mighty United England XI by 135 runs in 1854. The United men began by putting their hosts out for 97, with John Wisden, a ferocious round arm fast bowler, despite his small stature, Jemmy Dean and James Grundy, similar in style, sharing the wickets. Charles was caught off Grundy for 4 at number 13, which was more than his cousin Edward managed at the bottom of the order. Fortunately, the Phoenix professional and future "father of Australian Cricket, Charles Lawrence was too much for the visitors.

Though the club batsmen collapsed again, with Charles bowled by Dean for 3, their lead was big enough for Lawrence and RW Johnston, to bowl the hosts to a notable victory. On 10 September 1855, Charles was in the first ever Irish side when it took on the Gentlemen of England at the Phoenix ground. Only five players actually travelled from England for the match, the other "visitors" were all Irish residents. Some of the "England" team were later to play for Ireland and vice versa. Ireland won by 107 runs, thanks largely to the bowling of Thomas Quinn and Cambridge Blue J McCormick. Batting at 8, his brother George was at 10, Charles was bowled for 8 in the first innings by the round arm paceman Edmund Henry Lacon Willes. Blessed with such an array of names, Edmund had a moderately successful cricket career, captaining Oxford in 1852 and 1853. He was later a prominent Anglican clergyman. In the second innings Charles was run out for 2.

He also appeared for Ireland v Colonel Buchanan's XIV of Scotland at Drumpellier in 1861. The Irish side was Charles Lawrence's United Ireland XI, and was prevented by time from defeating the Scots. Buchanan was a benefactor of Scottish Cricket, who was later to become joint first President of the original Scottish Cricket Union in 1879. Charles shared the wicket keeping duties with the professional Peter Doyle and made one stumping and one catch, both off Lawrence's bowling. He did rather better with the bat. Coming in at 4 in the first innings, he made 16, second top score, having a useful partnership with William Hone Snr (36). He did not bat in the second, as time ran out on Ireland's run chase.

Charles did not appear in an important match in Ireland again, of which a score has been seen. He now devoted his time to his military duties, being a Major in the 63rd Regiment at the time of his death.