Dr Conor Curran

Job: Researcher

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: n/a

E: icshc@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/sportshistory

Social Media: twitter.com/ICSHC

 

Personal profile

Dr Conor Curran has been awarded a Joao Havelange Research Scholarship for 2013-14. He holds a B.Ed. (hons) and an M.A. (hons) in Humanities from St Patrick’s College Dublin. He completed his Ph.D., entitled ‘Why Donegal Slept: The Development of Gaelic games in Donegal, 1884-1934’ with the International Centre for Sports History and Culture in 2012. His current research examines the migration of Irish footballers to Britain from 1945 to 2010 and he is vice-chairman of Sports History Ireland. He works as 2nd year tutor in St Patrick’s College, Dublin.

Previous work has examined the early development of Gaelic games and Association Football in Ireland and his book ‘Sport in Donegal-A History’ was published by the History Press Ireland in 2010. He is a fluent Irish speaker and is currently learning German.

Publications and outputs 

  • Why Donegal Slept: The Development of Gaelic Games in Donegal, 1884-1934
    Why Donegal Slept: The Development of Gaelic Games in Donegal, 1884-1934 Curran, Conor The development of sport in Donegal, a peripheral Irish county which was rather isolated from the more centralised areas of the British sporting 'revolution', has attracted only limited academic attention.This thesis will examine the origins and development of the GAA in Donegal between 1884 and 1934. The state of Donegal society in the late nineteeth century will be assessed and the factors which benefited, and hindered, the growth of codified sports there will be discussed. The reasons why the GAA failed to become established until the 1920s will be investigated and a comparison with provincial and national trends will be offered. The growth of clubs will be chartered through an assessment of the areas in which Gaelic games were played. The rivalry between organisers of Gaelic football and soccer will be addressed and the impact of the press on this will also be explored. The reasons for the failure of hurling within the county will also be outlined. How the GAA became integrated into Donegal society will be examined through an investigation of the role of the players, administrators and patrons in the Association and the Donegal GAA's involvement in Ireland's fight for independence will be discussed. This thesis will make a valuable contribution to the historiography of the British sporting 'revolution' while adding to the increasing range of academic writing on the development of sport in regional Irish areas.
  • The development of Gaelic football and soccer zones in county Donegal, 1884-1934
    The development of Gaelic football and soccer zones in county Donegal, 1884-1934 Curran, Conor

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Key research outputs

Books

Sport in Donegal: A History (Dublin: History Press Ireland, 2010).

Forthcoming

Why Donegal Slept: The Development of Gaelic games in Donegal, 1884-1934

Research interests/expertise

  • Association Football
  • Gaelic games
  • Cricket in Ireland
  • Football Migration
  • Society and Culture in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Qualifications

  • B.Ed. Hons St Patrick’s College, Dublin 2004
  • M.A. Hons St Patrick’s College, Dublin, 2007
  • Ph.D. De Montfort University, Leicester, 2012

Honours and awards

He was given an award by the History Department, St Patrick’s College, for his performance in the Final B.Ed. examinations, 2004

Awarded Joao Havelange Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship 2013-14

Conference attendance

Conference Papers:

Sports History Ireland Conference 2008- 'Gaelic games and Association football in Donegal, 1881-1914.'

Sports History Ireland Conference 2010-'Cricket in Donegal, 1865-1914.'

British Society of Sports History Conference 2010- 'The Early Days of Gaelic games and Association football in Donegal, 1881-1914.'

British Society of Sports History Conference 2011-' The GAA in Donegal in the Nineteenth Century.'

Sports History Ireland Conference 2011-‘The GAA in Donegal in the Nineteenth Century.’

Paddy McGill Memorial Lecture 2011(Donegal Historical Society)-‘Gaelic games, Association football and Society in Ardara, 1891-1923.’

Political Studies Association Conference, Belfast, 2012-‘Sport and Cultural Nationalism: The Conflict between Association and Gaelic football in Donegal, 1905-1934.’

Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland-Eighteenth Annual Conference, 2012-‘Leisure in Ballyshannon in the Nineteenth Century.’ 

British Society of Sports History Conference 2012-‘The Development of Association and Gaelic football Zones in County Donegal, 1905-1934.’

Sports History Ireland Conference 2012-‘Sport and Cultural Nationalism: The Conflict between Association and Gaelic football in Donegal, 1905-1934.’

Hist 3095 Guest Lecture, De Montfort University, Leicester, December 2012- ‘Sport in Ireland, 1850-1940’.

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