Call for Participants | The growth of the League of Ireland | A one-day conference at Dalymount Park, 14th of January 2023

Interior view of Dalymount Park with St Peters Roman Catholic Church in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (Shutterstock/Michael715)

This one day event, a special conference on the history of the League of Ireland, will mark the publication of The League of Ireland: An Historical and Contemporary Assessment by Routledge. This has developed from a special edition of Soccer and Society published in December 2021.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 14th of January 2023 from 9.30 a.m. until 4.15 p.m at Dalymount Park.

Provisional Conference Schedule

9.30-10 am: Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)
Introductory Comments
10-10.30 am: Julien Clenet (University College Dublin)
Association football in Dublin in the late Nineteenth Century: an Overview
10.30-11 am: Cormac Moore (Dublin City Council Resident Historian)
The Formation of the Football Association of Ireland
11.00-11.30 am: Aaron Ó Maonaigh (Independent Scholar)
‘In the Ráth Camp, rugby or soccer would not have been tolerated by the prisoners’: Irish Civil War attitudes to sport, 1922–3.
11.30-12 pm: Conor Heffernan (Ulster University) and Joseph Taylor (University College Dublin)
A League is Born: The League of Ireland’s Inaugural Season, 1921–1922
12-12.30 pm: Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)
The cross-border movement of Republic of Ireland-born footballers to Northern Ireland clubs, 1922–2000
12.30-1.30 pm Lunch
1.30-2 pm: Gerry Farrell (Independent Scholar)
One-way traffic? – 100 years of soldiers, mercenaries, refugees and other footballing migrants in the League of Ireland, 1920 -2020
2-2.30 pm: Tom Hunt (Independent Scholar)
Ireland’s Footballers at the 1924 and 1948 Olympic Games: Compromised by the Politics of Sport
2.30-3 pm: Michael Kielty (Dublin Business School):
Peter J. Peel: The Soccer King
3-3.30 pm: Ken McCue (De Montfort University)
Who’s SARI now: Social enterprise and the use of the medium of sport to further human rights in society
3.30-4 pm: Helena Byrne (Independent Scholar)
Breaking new ground: The formation of women’s football governing bodies in 1970s Ireland
Closing Comments

Papers will be for the duration of twenty minutes, with ten minutes afterwards for questions.

Please contact the conference organiser, Dr Conor Curran at with any queries.

Register here. Registration is free.

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