The Bold Collegians: The Development of Sport in Trinity College, Dublin by Trevor West

The Bold Collegians: The Development of Sport in Trinity College, Dublin by Trevor West The Bold Collegians: The Development of Sport in Trinity College, Dublin by Trevor West Non-fiction

Published 1991: First Edition / Hardcover / Very Good Condition / Illustrated throughout

Original black cloth and pictorial dust jacket. 150 very clean and bright pages, previous owners dedication on the second page. Slight shelf wear.

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Modern sport - with its teams, rules, clubs and federations - evolved as a Victorian phenomenon, beginning in English public schools and spreading to the ancient universities and thence to the wider world. Trinity College, Dublin, having the oldest rowing, football (rugby), hurling and athletic clubs in Ireland, and the second oldest cricket club, played a decisive and pioneering role in the development of these games.
The Bold Collegians traces the history of Trinity's sporting community in chapters on the emergence of early clubs, the College Races and the Athletic Union, the Gaelic Athletic Association, postwar revival and the consolidation and expansion of sporting activities in the mid to late twentieth century.
The larger conflicts of political revolution, civil war and partition left a legacy of athletic division; but these fissures, first apparent in the 1880s, were healed, often by Trinity sportsmen and women acting in conjunction with their colleagues from other universities in the 1960s.
The author illustrates his story with archival material from College Library (notably, the letters of C.B. Barrington - father of Irish rugby), and provides a fascinating series of vignettes of outstanding sporting personalities - from J.P. Mahaffy, Anthony Traill, J.C. Parke, Harry Read, Dickie Lloyd, Denis Coulson, George McVeagh, Samuel Beckett, Oliver Gogarty, Maeve Shankey, David Guiney and Jonah Barrington, to present-day heroes such as the Christle brothers, John Robbie, John Prior, Brendan Mullin and Hugo MacNeill. He sheds valuable light on the codification of Irish games, while siting the progress of university sport within its socio-political context. Historical photographs of teams and individuals from the 1860s onwards embellish the narrative.
The book is an entertaining and important work for all concerned with the history of world sport and the growth of games in Ireland.

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