General Roger Mary
Longtown, County Kildare, Ireland
Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland


Roger M. Sweetman was the brother of fellow lawn tennis player Hugh M. Sweetman and the uncle of another player, (Hugh) Gerard Sweetman.

From Wikipedia:

Roger Mary Sweetman was the son of brewer Hugh Sweetman of Roebuck Hall, Dundrum, Dublin, from a Catholic family that became prosperous as brewers in the 18th century. His mother was Gertrude Blackney. He was educated at Downside School. He was called to the Bar from King’s Inns in 1898.

Sweetman’s cousin John Sweetman was an Irish Parliamentary Party MP from 1892 to 1895, who migrated to Sinn Féin and became its second president in 1908. When John declined on age grounds to stand in the 1918 UK general election in Wexford North, Roger stood instead and unseated Thomas Esmonde of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He joined the other Sinn Féin members by refusing to sit in the Westminster House of Commons and in January 1919 attended the inaugural meeting of the First Dáil at the Mansion House, Dublin, which proclaimed itself parliament of an Irish Republic.

In November 1920, breaking ranks with Sinn Féin, Sweetman wrote to the press calling for a truce and peace negotiations in the Irish War of Independence, and criticising Irish Republican Army actions, in particular the assassinations on Bloody Sunday. He was criticised for this when the Dáil next met on 25 January 1921. Two days later he announced his resignation as Teachta Dála [TD; member of the Irish parliament] because of his “radical disagreement with the majority… on a vital matter of policy”. He did not contest the June 1921 election. Thereafter he concentrated on farming, promoting use of Friesian cattle in dairy farming.

In May 1904 Sweetman married Katharine (Kathleen) Mary Kelly, daughter of Thomas Aliaga-Kelly. They lived in Herbert Park, Dublin, and later at Derrybawn House, Glendalough, County Wicklow. They had 11 children: 5 sons and 6 daughters, including Edmund Sweetman, a senator. A nephew, Gerard Sweetman, was Minister for Finance in the 1954–1957 coalition


Archive statistics 1899 - 1914

Tournament wins 1905 - East of Ireland Championships (Amateur)

Tournaments Irish Championships - 1914 Irish Championships - 1912 Fitzwilliam Club Championships - 1911 Irish Championships - 1910 County Dublin Championships - 1910 Irish Championships - 1909 County Dublin Championships - 1909 Irish Championships - 1908 East of Ireland Championships - 1908 Irish Championships - 1907 European Championship - 1907 Irish Championships - 1906 East of Ireland Championships - 1906 Irish Championships - 1905 East of Ireland Championships - 1905 Irish Championships - 1903 Wimbledon - 1902 Irish Championships - 1902 Irish Championships - 1901 South of France Championships - 1900 Irish Championships - 1899

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