Sport, Space and National Identity in Ireland: The GAA, Croke Park and Rule 42

  title={Sport, Space and National Identity in Ireland: The GAA, Croke Park and Rule 42},
  author={Gareth Fulton and Alan Bairner},
  journal={Space and Polity},
  pages={55 - 74}
Abstract In April 2005, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the largest sporting organisation in Ireland, amended Rule 42, which hitherto banned rugby and soccer matches from being played at Croke Park, the association's headquarters and national stadium. This paper traces the genealogy of the debate that preceded the announcement and examines how and why a decision of seemingly little socio-cultural and political significance became an important issue within broader discourses concerned with… 

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