Sport and the Irish: Histories, Identities, Issues

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Brings together the work of a number of scholars who have an interest in the historical, social and political significance of sport in Ireland. It contributes not only to wider debates about Irish history, society and politics and but also to the steadily growing body of work devoted to understanding the role of sport in the shaping of modern societies. In terms of history, the book takes the reader from the late nineteenth century and the origins of modern sport, through the formation of the Irish Free State to ...
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Overview

Brings together the work of a number of scholars who have an interest in the historical, social and political significance of sport in Ireland. It contributes not only to wider debates about Irish history, society and politics and but also to the steadily growing body of work devoted to understanding the role of sport in the shaping of modern societies. In terms of history, the book takes the reader from the late nineteenth century and the origins of modern sport, through the formation of the Irish Free State to the divisions that have so adversely affected Northern Ireland since the late 1960s. The book also allows readers to consider the relationship between sport, national identities and gender in a contemporary Irish context together with the role that sport can play in terms of conflict and conflict resolution.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781904558330
  • Publisher: University College Dublin
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Sport and Ireland in 1881 7
2 The early years of Gaelic football and the role of cricket in County Westmeath 22
3 Rugby's imperial connections, domestic politics and colonial tours to Ireland before 1914 44
4 The Irish Free State and Aonach Tailteann 53
5 Aonach Tailteann, the Irish press and gendered symbols of national identity in the 1920s and 1930s 69
6 Gaelic games and the Irish immigrant experience in Boston 85
7 Rugby union and national identity politics 105
8 Sport, identity and Irish nationalism in Northern Ireland 123
9 Northern Catholic fans of the Republic of Ireland soccer team 140
10 Sport, Irishness and Ulster unionism 157
11 Football supporters, rivalry and Protestant fragmentation in Northern Ireland 172
12 The migration of sporting labour into Ireland 191
13 Some reflections on women's sports in Ireland 206
14 Sport, leisure and territory in Belfast 224
15 Sport and community relations in Northern Ireland and Israel 238
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