Lecture: The Death of Hurling

The Death of Hurling

Monday 25 September at 7pm

Speaker: Dr Paul Rouse, UCD.

Folklore of Ireland Society Lecture, in association with the National Library of Ireland

When the GAA was founded in 1884, it pledged itself to revive the game of hurling. The official history of the Association tells of a game that was dead – or almost dead – before Michael Cusack set upon its rebirth against the backdrop of cultural revival in Ireland. This talk will examine the history of hurling in the years between the Great Famine and the founding of the GAA. Using questionnaires from the National Folklore Collection and a wealth of other national and international sources, an alternative history of hurling will be offered that examines what happens to an ‘ancient sport’ at a time of intense social change.

Paul Rouse:
Paul Rouse is a lecturer in the School of History at UCD. He is the author of Sport and Ireland: A History (OUP, 2015) and has written extensively about the history of hurling.

The  Folklore of Ireland Society
The  Folklore of Ireland Society was  established in January 1927. Among its founder members and first officers were Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha (‘An Seabhac’), Douglas Hyde (‘An Craoibhín Aoibhinn’) and J.H. Delargy, who subsequently founded the Irish Folklore Commission.
The object of the society as stated in the editorial of the first issue of Béaloideas, which appeared in June 1927, was to collect, preserve and publish the folklore of Ireland. The Society’s journal, Béaloideas, which first appeared in 1927, now numbers over eighty volumes.  It is one of the oldest and most important journals of folklore studies in the world.  In addition to publishing Béaloideas, The Society organises public lectures on various aspects of folk tradition, and recently an annual symposium
The Society is presided over by a committee, elected annually by the members. The current President is Dr Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, the fifth president since the foundation of the society in 1927. The editor of Béaloideas is Professor Ríonach Uí Ógáin.

All welcome! Booking not required.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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