Sport and Education in Ireland and Britain conference

A one-day International History Conference about 'Sport and Education in Ireland and Britain' at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast on Friday 27 September 2019, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.

International History Conference: Sport and Education in Ireland and Britain

International History Conference

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is delighted to welcome a conference organised by Dr Conor Curran, the British Society of Sports History and the Irish Research Council.

The conference will provide a discussion forum for an historical and contemporary analysis of sport, education and society in an international context. It will examine sport’s historical and contemporary role and place within education with a view towards the development of a research network and the publication of a special edited collection on the subject.


9.15-9.30am, Introduction: Dr Conor Curran and Stephen Scarth

9.30-10.30am, Keynote Talk: Dr Donal McAnallen (National Museums NI) 'Partition, Sport and Education in Ireland, 1921-72'

10.30-10.55am, Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan (University of Edinburgh) ‘The game of the camán people: an illustrated, convivial and collegiate look to the future.’

10.55-11.10am, Coffee Break

11.10-11.35am, Declan O’Keeffe (Clongowes Wood College) ‘ALL THE OTHER BOOTS AND LEGS RAN AFTER’: The long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football

11.35-12.00pm, Basudhita Basu (Jawaharlal Nehru University) ‘Discipline and sports: the importance of sports education in Colonial Bengal’

12.00-12.25pm, Dr Richard McElligott (UCD) ‘Look how they seek "their inspiration from the playing fields of Eton, Rugby or Timbuctoo":Nationalism and Sport and Irish Education, 1880-1920'

12.25-12.50pm, Julien Clenet (UCD) ‘Sport in nineteenth-century Dublin schools: beyond the educational tool’

12.50-1.50pm, Lunch at the PRONI Café

1.50-2.15pm, Professor Dil Porter (De Montfort University) ‘Advice to “footballers-in-the making”: lessons in sport and life from a football international’

2.15-2.40pm, Clemence Pillot (Sciences Po Lille) ‘From playing fields to battlefields: Twentieth Century public schools and sport’

2.40-3.05pm, Paul Gunning (Independent Scholar) ‘Northern Troubles on the Free State Education Playground’

3.05-3.30pm, Conor Murray (DCU) ‘The football codes and grammar schools in Northern Ireland, 1922-1972’

3.30-3.55pm, Dr Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin) ‘The migratory career of Joan Burnett Knight, Physical Education Organiser in mid-twentieth century Europe’

3.55-4.20pm, Tom O’Connor (Independent Scholar) 'Is England's difficulty now Ireland's opportunity? An early look at how the Republic of Ireland's new football pathway is producing a different kind of player.'

4.20-4.30pm, Concluding Comments


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