Reading History: Crosstown Traffic

As I continue this series of posts on books that have been important in shaping me as a historian, writer and, frankly, a person, and I was scanning my shelves to consider what to write on next, I happened on my extremely battered copy of Charles Shaar Murray’s Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop. Originally publishd in 1989, my edition was published in 2001. I’ve read few books as many times – attested to by the fact that it is split completely in half down the spine, yellowed, dog-eared, blood-splotched in places and generally in dreadful condition. It remains, many years after first reading one of the best books on music that I own. Continue reading “Reading History: Crosstown Traffic”

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Funding Women’s Sport in Ireland

Today, the Irish women’s rugby team won the 6 nations with a dominating triumph over Scotland. While women remain among the most successful products of Ireland’s sporting culture (Sonia O’Sullivan, Katie Taylor or Stephanie Roche for instance), women’s sport remains dreadfully underfunded in Ireland. Not until the height of the Celtic Tiger was an actual plan put in place to actively fund greater participation by women in sport in Ireland with the Women in Sport programme that began receiving Irish Sports Council funding since 2005. Continue reading “Funding Women’s Sport in Ireland”

‘It Was Strange, But Tough!’: American Football’s debut in Ireland, 1953

Sport in American History

By Guest Contributor David Toms

In Ireland, when people think of the connections between the America and Ireland, most often their minds will turn to the role of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Irish emigrant communities, or perhaps to first, second and third and multi-generation Americans who played baseball, basketball, and American football.[1] Rarely do Irish people think of the role of American sport in Irish life at home. Since the advent of global satellite television broadcasts, however, American sport has found a more prominent place in Irish life. Many Irish people will these days profess to having a particular American football team they follow, or through meeting study-abroad students while in university, will come into contact with the world of college football. But American sport has a much longer and deeper tradition in Irish life than perhaps many Irish, or Americans, may be aware. In the first of two…

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