Thurston's was opened in 1901 by the firm of Thurston and Company, Ltd., which manufactures billiard tables. In the years since then, it survived a bombing in World War II and regularly drew to its tables the greatest names in British billiards. All the stories of the great matches at Thurston's could not be told within the limits of a Dublin wake. And, in the solemnity of the moment, it would be unseemly to tell more than one. Seems that one time Tom Reece perfected a new stroke and decided to try it on another artist of the cue, Melbourne In-man. Reece made two breaks (runs to you) of nearly 3,000 which meant that Inman had to sit still for almost five days. During the second run of 3,000, Reece demanded that Inman be charged admission as a spectator. After an interval, the spectators laughed quietly. It was a joke, you see. Inman did not laugh, however. Simply ignored the remark and when his turn came, he got up and won the match.
Not a very good show, tearing down Thurston's.