Dublin People

New book on the history of football in Dublin launched by Brian Kerr

DR Conor Curran, had his new book, ‘Soccer and Society in Dublin: A History of Association Football in Ireland’s Capital’, launched by Irish football legend Brian Kerr on Wednesday, March 1, at Hodges Figgis Bookshop on Dawson Street.

A huge crowd, which included Niall and Gillian Quinn, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and a host of current and former League of Ireland footballing legends, gathered to celebrate the launch of Dr Curran’s excellent book.

Dr Conor Curran and Joanne Curran.

At almost 400 pages, and with a large number of illustrations, this book is the first full-length assessment of the history of soccer in Dublin and the game’s role within society in the city.

It examines the sport’s growth here from the late 1800s to the early twenty-first century.

It discusses its belated initial development while exploring the origins of clubs, competitions and venues.

Niall Quinn and author Dr Conor Curran.

Rita O’Keeffe, Gillian Quinn and Joanne Curran.

Brian Kerr, author Dr Conor Curran and Niall Quinn.

The book also assesses the growth of underage structures and discusses the significance of links with Britain and further afield.

As well as tracing the movement of players at home and abroad, it highlights the tensions between organizers of soccer and other sporting codes in Dublin.

Utilizing interviews with players, managers and supporters, as well as drawing on archival material, it also looks at the importance of soccer within the lives of Dublin’s residents.

In doing so, it sets the game’s history there within the context of other parts of Ireland and within wider developments in international cities.

Conor Curran is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education, TCD, who has published extensively on the history of sport and society.

Four Courts Press. 366pp. Ills. Hardback. 978-1-80151-039-4  €35.00
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Aodhan O’ Riordain TD and Dr Conor Curran.

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