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Where are we now? A Review of Research on the History of Women’s Soccer in Ireland

Event type
Seminar
Series
Sport and Leisure History
Event dates
, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Address
IHR John S Cohen Room, N203, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Speakers
Helena Byrne (British Library)
Contact
ihr.reception@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8740

This presentation is based on an article that was recently published in a special edition of Sport in History focused on women’s football. It is a common fact that women’s sport and leisure history, especially in male dominated spheres, and more specifically football, have been ignored by many academics. However, in recent years there have been major developments in digital technology that have changed the nature of the type of research that can be done. Access to tools to facilitate field research are relatively cheap and with the high volume of digitisation projects that have taken place over the last few years as well as the increasing number of born digital resources that have been published, there are new opportunities. In relation to women’s soccer in Ireland, the article asked the question – where are we now? The argument reviewed the current literature on this subject and outlined potential approaches for future research that include web archives, crowd sourcing, digitised newspapers and oral history.