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Dick Fitzgerald – Sporting and Political Revolutionary

Hassan, David (2013) Dick Fitzgerald – Sporting and Political Revolutionary. In: 9th Annual Sports History Ireland Conference, University of Ulster Magee. University of Ulster. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Much has been written about the famed Kerry Gaelic footballer Dick Fitzgerald, holder of 5 All Ireland senior medals. Amongst these, Looney’s work A King in the Kingdom of Kings represents a dedicated insight into his life, whilst others have afforded the impact of Fitzgerald on the early twentieth century Irish sporting landscape varying degrees of prominence. It can be convincingly argued that his influence extended across four broad fields of enquiry. These are: 1. His undoubted heroic standing in the early history of Gaelic football; 2. His embodiment of the early sports/politics nexus evident within the GAA at the turn of the twentieth century; 3. His capacity to transcend a number of quite discrete roles within the Association; and, 4. His early, seminal, work on the playing of Gaelic Football, which still retains relevancy a century after its publication.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Lecture)
Keywords:Sports History, GAA, Politics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:26927
Deposited By: Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:16 Sep 2013 09:03
Last Modified:16 Sep 2013 09:03

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