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Sport and Education in Ireland: History, Policy and Contemporary Issues

Saturday, 27 October 2018, 10:15am – 5:15pm

Sport and Education in Ireland: History, Policy and Contemporary Issues

A discussion forum for sport’s historical and contemporary role and place within education in Ireland with a view towards the formation of a research network and the publication of a special edited collection on the subject.

Organised by the School of Education.

Sport and Education in Ireland: History, Policy and Contemporary Issues
A one-day conference at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, in association with Trinity College Dublin School of Education and the Irish Research Council

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Saturday, 27th October 2018
Opening Remarks:
10.15am-10.30am
Dr John Walsh (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)

10.30am-11.30am
Keynote speaker:
Dr Seamus Kelly (Director of Sports Studies, University College Dublin)
Title: ‘Sport and Pedagogy’
Chair: Dr Conor Curran

11.30am-12.30pm
Panel One: Sport and Education in early twentieth century Irish schools

Paul Gunning (Independent Scholar)
‘North Connacht’s Jolly Good Soccer Fellows, 1879-1907: Muscular Christians or ‘Namby Pamby Gentlemen’?’
Dr Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)
‘The implementation of Physical Education in primary schools in the Irish Free State, 1922-1932’
Chair: Dr Liam O’Callaghan

12.30pm-1.30pm lunch


1.30pm-2.30pm
Panel Two: The  British influence on competitive schools’ sport


Dr Gary James, De Montfort University
‘The Origins of School Football Associations: Manchester as a Case Study’
Dr Liam O’Callaghan (Liverpool Hope University)
‘British public schools and the origins of Rugby football in Ireland’
Chair: Dr Conor Curran
2.30pm-3.30pm
Panel Three: Professional Sport and Education


Dr Kristian Naglo (University of Marburg)
‘Elite Schools of Football in Germany – a Historical and Sociological Perspective’
Tom O’Connor (Independent Scholar)
'Life Beyond Soccer- How education and the Elite National Underage leagues aid the holistic development of elite soccer players in the Republic of Ireland'
Chair: Dr Gary James
3.30-3.45pm- Comfort Break
3.45-4.45pm
Panel four: Education and Sport in Contemporary Ireland
Dr Frances Murphy (Dublin City University)
‘Tracing the history of primary physical education: the voices of teachers’
Dr Ann Bourke (University College Dublin)
‘Sports scholarships: a match made in heaven?’
Chair: Dr Kristian Naglo
4.45pm-5.25pm
Witness Seminar: Ex-professional footballers and educational experiences in Ireland, Britain and Europe, Brian Mooney (ex-Liverpool, Wrexham, Preston North End, Sunderland, Burnley)
Raymond Campbell (ex-Nottingham Forest, Hereford United)
Seamus Kelly (ex-Cardiff City) Kristian Naglo (ex-Kaiserslautern) Shane Supple (ex-Ipswich Town)
Chair: Dr Conor Curran
5.25pm-5.30pm
Closing Comments: Dr John Walsh (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Sport
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
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