The name, Sidelines, was chosen to reflect my interest in sport : standing on the sidelines is part of the joy of being a spectator – it is a great vantage point from which to see the action unfold. You are almost a part of it you are so close to it.
It is also an accurate reflection of the feeling one sometimes has as a historian – that of standing on the sidelines watching the action unfold, watching, remembering events, and recording them. My interest in history is those who were in some way on the sidelines of their own times too. Not the great and the good, the wealthy and powerful, but ordinary people caught up in their own extraordinary times.
A sideline is also something done “on the side”, in addition to what you normally do. I take my blog, and blogging, seriously but it is a sideline. It allows me a space to explore ideas for the first time in a raw, unprocessed way. It also frees me from constraints to write about whatever I want. Whether you are new or a returning reader I hope you find the sidelines as fascinating a place as I do.
Born in Waterford in 1988, I moved to Cork as a student in 2006 where I lived until April 2014. After that I moved to Prague, Czech Republic until June 2016 and now live in Harestua, Norway. I completed a PhD in UCC in 2013 which formed the basis for my book Soccer in Munster: A Social History, 1877-1937 published by Cork University Press in June 2015. As well as that, I’ve had poetry published in a wide range of print and online journals over the years, and my first collection of poetry, Soma | Sema was published in 2011 by the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press.