James Cecil Parke (1881 - 1946):
James Parke was born in Clones, County Monaghan. He played rugby with both Monkstown and Dublin University and between 1901 and 1908 played ten times for Leinster. Between 1903 and 1907, he won twenty international caps. As a tennis player he won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title in 1914. He won the Australian Men's singles and doubles tennis tides in 1912. He was Singles Champion of Europe in 1907 and played for Britain in the Davis Cup. In 1908 he won an Olympic silver medal in the Men's Doubles. He won eight Irish Lawn Tennis Singles titles, four doubles and two mixed tides. In 1914 he was ranked No.6 and in 1920 he was ranked No.4. He played golf for Ireland in 1906. He was also a top-class track and field sprinter and a cricketer. He played chess for the Clones team when he was nine years old.