The Heroic Importance of Sport: The GAA in the 1930s

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Title: The Heroic Importance of Sport: The GAA in the 1930s
Authors: Ó hAnnracháin, Tadhg
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Date: 30-Jul-2008
Abstract: This article examines the cultural importance accorded to sporting activity by Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association, during the 1930s. Making use of the source material provided by a short-lived paper funded by the GAA, as well as the minutes of its central organisational bodies, it examines the paradigm of opposed Irish and British civilisations which underpinned ideas of the cultural role of sport. The article suggests that many of the attitudes evinced by the GAA actually derived from nineteenth century and contemporary British notions of team games and athletic competition. Nevertheless, by transforming sporting choice and preference into a badge of national identity, the article suggests that the GAA performed an important role within the touchy nationalism of the newly independent Irish Free State, and its conviction of its own importance helped fuel the elaboration of a genuinely distinctive variant of the European practice of sport.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2008 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: An Camán
Subject LCSH: Gaelic Athletic Association--History
Sports--Social aspects--Ireland--History--20th century
DOI: 10.1080/09523360802212263
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:History Research Collection

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