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Horace Newman Brady
  • Born 1843
  • Died Quarter 4 1894 Dublin
  • Educated Dungannon Royal School, Dublin University
  • Occupation Barrister
  • Debut 11 May 1865 v United South of England XI at Rathmines
  • Cap Number 45
  • Style Hand unknown
  • Teams Dublin University, Cork County

Horace Brady, one of the large family of Francis Tempest Bailey, a Church of Ireland clergyman and his wife Frances, learned the rudiments of the game at Dungannon Royal School, before entering Dublin University in 1862. He was three seasons in the XI from 1865, playing in strong XIs which included such fine cricketers as William Hone (snr) and Tom Casey. The 1865 side, for example included eight current or future internationals.

Horace's sole match for Ireland came early in that summer when he was in the XXII which took on the formidable United South of England XI at Rathmines. Probably only time running out prevented the visitors from winning, though they received a nasty shock in their first innings being bowled out for 59 by WS Ashton, better known as a batsman with a WG like disregard for umpires' decisions, and the Leinster professional P Smith. The XXII could only muster 96 in reply, Horace batting at 10, being bowled by the great Edgar Willsher for 1. The USE made 171 in their second innings leaving the match drawn.

Horace was also seen in cricket in Cork during University vacations appearing for Cork County against I Zingari at the Mardyke in both 1866 and the following year. His first appearance saw the hosts swept aside by the medium pace of Robert Marsham, an Oxford Blue and one of three brothers who played first class cricket. In 1859 he had taken 8-29 for MCC against The Surrey Club and he proved almost equally devastating in this match. Horace fell to him in the first innings bowled for 0 but escaped this fate in the second, being, perhaps wisely, absent hurt, as Marsham again proved too much for the hosts.

The following season saw the visitors again victorious with underarmer Osbert Mordaunt, a Church of England clergyman, and leg spinner RAH Mitchell, who was to win fame running the cricket at Harrow for several decades, their main weapons of destruction. However both Horace and the County did rather better than in the previous year. IZ began with a score of 142, with WS Hunt - perhaps the best bowler to play only once for Ireland - taking five wickets. The hosts replied with 113, owing much to Horace who made 20 before being caught off Mordaunt. He was joint top scorer with local talent Tom Ahearne, Hunt chipping in with 19. IZ made 171 in their second innings with Hunt again bowling well. Cork again fell to Mitchell and Mordaunt with only three men reaching double figures. Hunt topscored being run out for 19 and Horace again showed his batting prowess, getting to 13 before being caught and bowled by Mitchell. IZ eventually won by 108 runs.

Though he continued to play in Cork when available. Horace appeared in only two more major matches both for the University Past and Present XXIIs against the Professional Elevens. In 1871 the home side recorded a spectacular victory over the USE XI, owing their success to the batting of Pat Casey and Robert O'Brien and the bowling of JP Mahaffy and the professional Jesse Richards. Horace opened the University innings after the visitors had totalled 143 but was caught off Willsher for 3. He did not get the chance to redeem himself as Richards and Mahaffy bowled his side to an innings victory. The following season the All England XI provided the opposition but the hosts were not to record another unlikely success. Horace contributed 4 and 1 as Past and Present batsmen struggled against a strong attack.

Away from cricket Horace Newman Brady was a well-known barrister in Dublin, with chambers in Harcourt Street. He was still a comparatively young man when he died.