Skateboard Mecca? Early skateboarding in Ireland

Sport in American History

In my last post, I looked at the first game of American Football played in Ireland in Croke Park in 1953 and the Irish reaction to this most American of sporting endeavours. In this post, I will examine the arrival of the skateboard as a mass-market product in Ireland in the late 1970s, as part of a growing trend of the Americanisation of Irish youth culture. Sociologist Tom Inglis noted in his 2008 work Global Ireland: Same difference that:

The global flow of culture [in the 1960s] coming from the States was overwhelming. There was a feeling that it would not be long before most people in Ireland would be sitting down in their living rooms to watch American Football television with a packet of popcorn in one hand and a Bud in the other.[1]

As I indicated in my previous post, the flow of cultural exchange between Ireland…

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