Terence Sanders

OLYMPICS: 1924 SPORT: ROWING

OLYMPICS: 1924 SPORT: ROWING

Terence Sanders was born on 2 JUN, 1901 at Charleville Park [also known as Sanders Park], in Charleville, Co, Cork. He was the youngest of two children and was educated in England at Eton College, London and Cambridge University. His father, Robert Massey Dawson Sanders managed the family estate at Charleville Park and also managed a number of other estates - and in 1916 he came to own Ballinacourty Estate [also spelt Ballinacourtie], Glen of Aherlow. The last of the Massey-Dawsons to own Ballinacourty was Captain Francis Evelyn Massey-Dawson who pursued a very distinquished career in the Royal Navy. His sister married an English man, Richard Dunn, and their eldest daughter married Thomas Sanders, of Charleville Park whose eldest son was Robert, Terence Sanders’ father.

During the Civil War the Republicans occupied Ballinacourty House, but on the approach of the Free State soldiers the Republicans burned the house and made good their escape. Ballinacourty House was never rebuilt and what was originally used as stables at Ballinacourty has since been restored and is now Ballinacourty House Restaurant. Indeed where the original Clonbeg National School was, when it was closed in the mid 1920’s and moved to a new site, Robert Massey Dawson Sanders rebuilt and extended the old school house and opened it as a hotel-cum-convalescent home - The Glen Hotel now stands on the site. During the Irish Civil War, Sanders moved to Buckland Estate, in Surrey, England which was owned by his elderly father-in-law who transferred the ownership of the estate to Sanders in 1923.

Later, in c.1932 Robert Sanders built a lodge on the Ballinacourty Estate where he could stay when in Ireland - this is now where Aherlow House Hotel stands.

At Cambridge University, Terence Sanders took a degree in engineering - and had stroked for Cambridge in the University Boat Race in 1923 which was won by Oxford. His uncle, Francis Beaumont also took part in the University Boat Race, in the 1870’s, as cox for Oxford. At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Terence Sanders stroked for Great Britain in the coxless four rowing event and the British crew won comfortably over the 2000 metre course and winning the Olympic gold medal, with Canada finishing second and Switzerland taking the bronze medal.

In 1929, Terence Sanders co-wrote the book “The University Boat Race: Official Centenary History 1829 - 1929”. After a distinquished service in the Second World War he was awarded a CB [Companion of the Bath - an English title] in 1950, and retired from the Army as Colonel in 1951. Terence Sanders was the next proprietor of Buckland Estate and it is now owned by his son Adrian. Terence Sanders, CB died on 6 APR, 1985 age 83, and is buried in Buckland churchyard near Reigate, in Surrey, England. His brother, Charles Craven Sanders [1899-1985] lived at Coolnamuck Court, near Carrick-on-Suir up to the mid 1950’s. 

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