The life of Michael Dillon, Anglo-Irish trans healthcare pioneer

The life of Michael Dillon (1915-1962), Anglo-Irish trans healthcare pioneer and alumni of Trinity College Dublin, is one of the remarkable stories that features in our exhibition Out in the World. Dillon studied at TCD during the late 1940s and also become involved in Dublin’s Neptune Rowing Club. Recently, exhibition curator Dr Maurice J Casey was delighted to hear from Michael Keegan, whose father knew Dillon through the boat club. Keegan shared some details on his father’s connection to Dillon, along with two photos featuring the Neptune Rowing Club. In the photo below, Michael Dillon is the first figure standing from the left.

“My late father (Michael b1928, who happens to have done his B Comm in TCD) was a member of the Neptune Rowing Club elite senior eights crew that won at most regattas nationally in 1950/1951.  I was recently going through a few papers and happened upon a photo of that crew with their spoils of victory, attached. With it, however, were there newspaper articles about Mr Dillon (Kathy Sheridan IT c1983, Richard Brooks Sunday Times 2015 & Eithne Shortall, year and publication not apparent). It wasn’t at all clear why the articles resided with the photograph until I uncovered a second photo (Irish Press), of the Neptune BC crew, on the banks of the Lee, having won the Leander Cup in 1949. It was quite the surprise to read the names of the oarsmen featuring in the1949 crew. Michael Dillon is on the extreme left”.

Story and photographs submitted by Michael Keegan.