Projecting the Nation through Sport and Culture: Ireland, Aonach Tailteann and the Irish Free State, 1924-32

@article{Cronin2003ProjectingTN,
  title={Projecting the Nation through Sport and Culture: Ireland, Aonach Tailteann and the Irish Free State, 1924-32},
  author={Mike Cronin},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={2003},
  volume={38},
  pages={395 - 411}
}
  • M. Cronin
  • Published 1 July 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary History
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