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Paul Rouse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745907.001.0001

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Sport on a Partitioned Island

Sport on a Partitioned Island

1920 to the New Millennium

(p.243) 4 Sport on a Partitioned Island
Sport and Ireland

Paul Rouse

Oxford University Press

By the new millennium sport was a ubiquitous presence in Ireland. It was a significant economic enterprise in its own right and its political importance was obvious in the manner in which it was funded by the state. The range of facilities had grown as the number of sports clubs grew. The partition of Ireland and later the Troubles provided the political context, but also important were the rise of the motor car, the changing media landscape with the advent of radio, followed by television and the Internet, the growth of secondary and tertiary education, the capacity of the Irish economy to oscillate from boom to bust, and the recurring drain of emigration. Irish sport was also increasingly influenced by global trends. This can be seen in the widespread commercialization of sport, in the growth of female involvement, and in ‘Sport for All’ campaigns in the 1970s.

Keywords:   sport, history, culture, Ireland, nationalism, amateurism, clubs, partition, media, the Troubles

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