Sport and Ireland

A History

Sport and Ireland

This history of sport in Ireland, locates it within Irish political, social, and cultural history, and within the global history of sport. There are aspects of Ireland's sporting history that are uniquely Irish, but it is a history of play shared with other societies, near and far. This book offers a unique insight into the British Empire in Ireland; it also assesses the relationship between sport and national identity, and the manner in which states make policy in respect of sport. The manner in which sport has been colonised by the media and has colonised it, in turn, is also examined.

Sport and Nationalism in Ireland

Gaelic Games, Soccer and Irish Identity Since 1884

Sport and Nationalism in Ireland

This book examines the development of a nationalist agenda within Irish sport and searches for a definition of nationalism in this context. The question of what Irish nationalism is, and what forces shape it, has stretched the minds of generations of Irish historians and political scientists. For some the answer has been found within the realms of political history, while others have examined how the cultural impact of Irish literature and drama has shaped nationalism. These genres relied on elites, be they political or literary, within Irish society to understand the evolution of nationalist thinking and the operation of nationalism as an ideal. Sport offers a new way of looking at nationalism as it offers mass-consumed low culture as a vehicle. Since the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1884 through to the current popularity of soccer, sporting events have been played by tens of thousand and watched by hundreds of thousands of Irish people both at home and as part of the diaspora. This means that sport has a greater resonance and meaning for the experience of the multitude of the Irish in stark contrast to the operation of Dublin-centred politics and literature.This book defines sporting nationalism through the experience of Gaelic games and soccer as examples of mass spectator sport. The choice of a mass spectator sport which a nation chooses to support will demonstrate the perceived place of that nation within the world and the trends prevalent within its society, thereby intrinsically defining the state of its nationalism.

Sport and the Irish

Sport and the Irish

Consides the relationship between sport, national identities and gender in a contemporary Irish context

A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland

A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland

Sport has played a central role in modern Ireland’s history. Perhaps nowhere else has sport so infused the political, social and cultural development and identity of a nation. During this so-called ‘Decade of Centenaries’ in Ireland (2014 to 2024) recently there has been an exponential growth in interest and academic research on Ireland’s sporting heritage. This collection of chapters, contributed by some of Ireland’s most preeminent sport and social historians, showcases the richness and complexity of Ireland’s sporting legacy. Articles on topics as diverse as the role of native Gaelic games in emphasising the emerging cultural nationalism of pre-Revolutionary Ireland, the contribution of Irish rugby to the broader British war effort in World War 1, the emergence of Irish soccer on the international stage, and the long running battle to gain official recognition within international athletics for an independent Irish state, are presented. This work’s intention is to illustrate some of the latest and most vibrant research being conducted on Irish sports history. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Sport in Ireland, 1600-1840

Sport in Ireland, 1600-1840

This is the first book to examine all the main sports played in Ireland over a period of nearly 250 years, from the beginning of the 17th century to the onset of the Famine. In this era, medieval sports (such as archery and falconry) gave way to new forms of recreation, or were restructured (hunting) in a way that met modern needs. It also witnessed the emergence of new sports - including horse racing - the continued popularity of fighting sports (boxing and wrestling) and the pursuit of a variety of blood sports (cockfighting and bull baiting), controversial in their own day, which are now thoroughly discredited. Team sports were less dominant than they are now, but hurling, football, and commons (similar to shinty) were played, and they are an important part of the story, as are a variety of minority sports including bowling, cricket, tennis, and handball. The book will be of compelling interest to historians of sport, sports people, social historians, and all those with an interest in sport and the emergence of a civil society. *** "For readers looking for a history of Irish horse racing or other sports and activities of the Emerald Isle, there is much to find in this book. For others interested in a more general study of how a society as a whole makes choices -- economically, politically, and socially -- about what it deems acceptable and not in terms of sport and recreation, as well as what factors and forces act behind and surrounding such choices in a nation's sport history, James Kelly's 'Sport in Ireland' offers a detailed and interesting case study." -- H-ARETE / Sport Literature Association, October 2014 *** ..".Kelly has produced a worthy and well-researched introduction full of vivid detail and valuable insight....will be of interest to sportspeople, social historians, and historians of sports. Recommended." - Choice, Vol. 52, No. 4, December 2014 [Subject: Sports History, Irish Studies]

The Cambridge History of Ireland: Volume 3, 1730–1880

The Cambridge History of Ireland: Volume 3, 1730–1880

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was an era of continuity as well as change. Though properly portrayed as the era of 'Protestant Ascendancy' it embraces two phases - the eighteenth century when that ascendancy was at its peak; and the nineteenth century when the Protestant elite sustained a determined rear-guard defence in the face of the emergence of modern Catholic nationalism. Employing a chronology that is not bound by traditional datelines, this volume moves beyond the familiar political narrative to engage with the economy, society, population, emigration, religion, language, state formation, culture, art and architecture, and the Irish abroad. It provides new and original interpretations of a critical phase in the emergence of a modern Ireland that, while focused firmly on the island and its traditions, moves beyond the nationalist narrative of the twentieth century to provide a history of late early modern Ireland for the twenty-first century.

Fair Play?

Sport and Social Disadvantage in Ireland

Fair Play?


School Children and Sport in Ireland

School Children and Sport in Ireland

Examines children's participation in sport, through physical education (PE) in schools, extra-curricular sport played in school, and sport played outside the school in sports clubs or other organised contexts. This report assesses the impact of a range offactors affecting participation and draws implications for public policy.

Irish Sport and Sportsmen

Irish Sport and Sportsmen


Sport, the Media and Ireland

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Sport, the Media and Ireland

Sport occupies a central position in Irish social and cultural life, yet has been relatively marginal within the academy. Significant research has been undertaken by individual scholars, and various important books have been published recently - for example Paul Rouse's Sport and Ireland; Mike Cronin et al.'s The GAA: A People's History; and Conor Curran's Irish Soccer Migrants. However, there are currently no collections or monographs devoted to the interrelationships between sport and media in an Irish context. This collection of essays redresses this gap. Drawing together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, it argues that sport and sport media offer an invaluable lens through which to examine social and cultural change and continuity in Ireland. Chapters vary in focus from debates about sports broadcasting rights and the futures and interrelationships of national organisations like the GAA and RTÉ; to academic and journalist perspectives on women, media and sport in Ireland; to sport's representation in television and advertising. Chapters focusing on 'northern' emigrant footballers George Best, James McClean and Charlie O'Hagan, 'second generation' Irish fans of Irish sport media in Britain, and Irish fans of British based sport media highlight the roles of sport in the complexities of 'Irish' identity and its interplay with 'British' identity. In addition to examining the current 'state of play' of sports research in Ireland, our intention is that this book will become a key resource for future scholarship.