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The Camogie Association and UCD Launch New Fellowship on the History of Camogie

Wed 03rd Apr

Tara Gleeson


As part of its 120th anniversary, the Camogie Association has announced a Newman Fellowship research project with University College Dublin (UCD), which the Camogie Association will fund to the value of €120,000 over two years. In partnership with the School of History at UCD, the History of Camogie Fellowship will serve as a lasting source for the social and sporting history of Camogie and the broader community from which the sport originated and flourished.

The Newman Fellow will work with Professor Paul Rouse in UCD’s School of History for two years to develop an archival database and produce a range of academic publication outputs. This includes listing the historical records of the Camogie Association from its establishment to the current day, and developing the cataloguing of records relevant to the emergence and growth of the sport of camogie. They will also write a comprehensive history of camogie in the context of social, community and sporting life in Ireland. The project will be completed in time for the 125th anniversary in 2029.

Hilda Breslin, Uachtarán of the Camogie Association said;

“We are delighted to announce our Newman Fellowship with UCD. Partnering with UCD enables the Camogie Association to develop an archival database of all of the history of the Association over the last 120 years. It also allows us to gather the relevant materials as there is currently no single catalogued archive of the Camogie Association.

Records and items of historical value are currently kept in several locations, including Croke Park Museum. It’s also likely that individuals have items of historical interest. As generations change, there is an imminent risk that these may be lost to the Association unless a project of collection and indexation is commenced. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop an archival database of this material.”

The history of the Camogie Association spans the establishment of the Irish State, the women’s movement and other significant events in Irish history. In 2018, Camogie (along with Hurling) was added to UNESCO’s list of protected cultural activities around the world.

Professor Paul Rousse of the School of History, UCD commented;

“The School of History at UCD is delighted to partner with the Camogie Association on this pioneering research project. The history of Camogie in Ireland is much more than the history of just a sport. It offers the opportunity to explore the changing place of women in Irish society across more than a century. This is a history that is rich and truly unique, and is central to the lives of generations of Irish women.”

View the full proposal HERE


For further information contact:

Aileen Gaskin 087 7724 717 /
Robyn Keleghan 085 800 1275 /

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