Here he is pictured with his Hurley stick which he took all the way to Australia.
In his own words:
"My hurley stick is used in the Irish game of hurling. It is made of wood and is similar to a hockey stick. I brought the stick with me as a reminder of playing sport in Ireland."The hurley stick is a great sporting and cultural icon to many Irishmen and people of Irish descent.
Denis's Irish grandfather - like mine! - had been in the British Army (remember that this was pre-partition, pre-1916/1921 and Ireland was officially still part of the UK).
To read more of Denis's story go to Belongings - Denis Donovan.