Free Summer Talks in the NLI, Week 8

The Summer Talks at lunchtime will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in August & September from 1-2pm,

Paul Rouse  (N.U.I. Dublin )

Tuesday 22nd of September

A Paul Rouse Headshot

Sport and the Everyday in Ireland.

There are aspects of Ireland’s sporting history that are uniquely Irish and defined by the peculiarities of life on a small island on the edge of Europe. The Irish sporting world is unique only in part, however; much of the history of Irish sport is a shared history with that of other societies. This talk assesses the place of sport in Irish life, tracing the origins of its ball games and the significance of animals to the Irish sporting tradition, from the role of horses and dogs in racing and hunting, to the cocks, bulls, and bears that were involved in fighting and baiting. Ultimately, it is a story located within Irish political, social, and cultural history, and within the global history of

Venue:National Library of Ireland.


Paul Rouse is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives in UCD. He has written extensively in Irish sport. His book Sport and Ireland: A History is published by Oxford University Press this Autumn.


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