A Social and Cultural History of Sport in Ireland

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David Hassan, Richard McElligott
Routledge, Feb 2, 2018 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages

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.


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Irish rugby and the First World
a provincial sporting newspaper
Ireland soccer champions of the world
The GAA and revolutionary Irish politics in late
The emergence of hurling in Australia 18771917
Irishborn players in Englands Football Leagues 1945
Hardy Fingallians Kildare trippers and The Divil Yell
The National Athletic Association of Ireland and Irish

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Richard McElligott lecturers in modern Irish history at University College Dublin and is the author of Forging a Kingdom: The GAA in Kerry, 1884-1934. His research has been published in a range of journals including Eire-Ireland and Irish Economic and Social History. Since 2011 he has served as Chairman of the Sports History Ireland Society.

David Hassan is Head of the School of Sport at Ulster University. He is the author of 11 books and over 75 peer-reviewed articles and outputs dealing with sport and modern society. He holds a Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research.

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