Jan 27 2017 Posted: 15:53 GMT


Sport & Exercise Research Group

Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Monthly Research Seminar

(First Wednesday of each month)


 “A New Ireland Rises”?
Sport and the Remembering of 1916

Dr. Seán Crosson (Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway)

Wednesday, February 1st, 1pm

Moore Institute (GO10)

NUI Galway

All welcome

 Abstract: It is impossible  to fully appreciate the forces that led to the Easter Rising of 1916, the Rising itself and moreover how the Rising has been remembered and commemorated, without a consideration of sport. Indeed, the Rising began against the backdrop of one of the highlights of the Irish sporting calendar, the Irish Grand National. This paper considers one of the largest and most viewed sporting commemorative events in 2016, the Laochra pageant organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and hosted at Croke Park stadium on Sunday April 24th, exactly one hundred years to the day after the first shots were fired in the Easter Rising. The GAA was a key force in defining Irish identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and it was one of the most active organisations in 2016 in evoking that period and commemorating events surrounding the Rising. I have included a question mark, however, in the title of this paper – taken from the title of the penultimate scene in the Laochra pageant - with regard to the new Ireland that is being configured through commemorative events such as Laochra, questioning both how ‘new’ these configurations actually are (given their indebtedness to older Irish iconography) and the problematic manner in which Irishness is being configured, particularly in terms of gender and militarism.

Dr Seán Crosson 
Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media