Illuminated addresses, national identity and Irish sport, 1880-1901

Strachan, J and Rose, K (2019) 'Illuminated addresses, national identity and Irish sport, 1880-1901.' Irish Studies Review. ISSN 0967-0882

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This essay examines the cultural significance of illuminated sporting addresses in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century. Illuminated addresses were used in civic society as a means of commemoration, celebrating retirement and relocation for instance, and they were also physical expressions of public sporting events in Ireland. Illuminated addressees are documents which provide an insight into the cultural histories of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Irish sport. This essay pays particular attention to illuminated addresses sponsored by members of the Gaelic Athletic Association and also considers the significance of a late 1890s example which was funded by supporters of the Irish horse-racing which sheds light on the sub-culture of the Irish turf. Illuminated addresses are meaningful documents and this essay recovers, for the first time, some of their hidden history.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: illuminated addresses, Irish sports, Gaelic Athletic Association, Irish arts and crafts, cultural identity, bookmaking
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 16:35
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