No Foreign Game
Association Football and the Making of Irish Identities

From its earliest days, association football was seen not just as a contest between individuals and teams, but also between nations and peoples. The Irish national team was among the first in the world to participate in international competition in the early 1880s, but not everyone accepted it as a truly national entity. Sport in Ireland was disputed in a manner that was not the case elsewhere – even the term ‘football’ was contested.

This book provides a unique window into the fascinating history of Irish association football, with keen insights into the making of national, regional, sectarian, class and gender identities that crystallised around the game on both sides of the border. Taking the story from the 1870s up to the present, No Foreign Game carefully weaves together political, social, cultural and sporting history to tell a richly detailed story not just of division and conflict, but of solidarity and celebration, and in doing so breaks new ground in the history of Irish sport.

Paperback • €19.99 | £17.99 •  388 pages •  234 mm x 156 mm • 9781785374739

On Sale 3 August 2023
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About the Author

James Quinn was born in Dublin and has lived there and in London for most of his life. He graduated from UCD with a Ph.D. in 1996. As a historian, he has written widely on eighteenth and nineteenth-century Ireland, particularly in the areas of biography and historiography, including lives of the United Irishman Thomas Russell (2002) and the Young Irelander John Mitchel (2008). From 1997 to 2022 he was an editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography, for which he wrote over 250 entries, mostly on politics, sport and popular culture.

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