“Un-Irish and un-Catholic”: sports, physical education and girls’ schooling

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Title: “Un-Irish and un-Catholic”: sports, physical education and girls’ schooling
Authors: Raftery, Deirdre
Delaney, Catriona
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9855
Date: 7-Mar-2019
Online since: 2019-04-09T09:05:31Z
Abstract: This article charts the development of physical education and sports in girls’ schools in Ireland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It notes how early developments were undoubtedly influenced by traditions and practices in English public schools, with games such as hockey and cricket becoming popular in Irish girls’ schools. The “Swedish” gymnastics movement, which became popular the 1870s, led to the introduction of callisthenics and drill in many Irish schools. By the turn of the twentieth century, drill and dance displays had become a highlight in the convent school calendar of events. Official policy following the introduction of the Revised Programme for National Schools (1900) placed unprecedented emphasis on the importance of physical education. While many embraced these developments, others were critical of girls’ involvement in competitive games and sports, particularly those considered “foreign” and “un-Irish”. Drawing on convent school archives, official sources, and newspaper articles, this article provides new insights into the evolution of physical education and sports in Irish girls’ schools.
Funding Details: University College Dublin
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Irish Studies Review
Start page: 1
End page: 19
Copyright (published version): 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Keywords: Female educationPESports historyIrelandConvent
DOI: 10.1080/09670882.2019.1584378
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Education Research Collection

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