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The GAA and the sporting Irish

Liston, Katie/K (2014) The GAA and the sporting Irish. In: Are the Irish Different? Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 199-210. ISBN 9780719095825 [Book section]

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Abstract

What follows is a brief historical examination of some of the processes by which Gaelic games became the cultural heartbeat of the nation. I then consider the uniqueness of Gaelic games set against the broad outline of patterns of participationin sport across the world more generally. Here, the focus is on the distinctive commitment to an amateur ethos as reflected in the importance of community, or what Tovey and Share have termed the ‘urge to community’. In this context, I argue that the GAA is the dominant marker of Irish cultural identity and difference,not only because of the objective reality of it as an institution and how it permeates families and communities, but also because of the images and identitiesit conjures up, and the thoughts, emotions and actions it inspires.

Item Type:Book section
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:29407
Deposited By: Dr Katie Liston
Deposited On:02 May 2014 11:32
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:14

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