Irish Sporting Heritage Symposium (Symposium)

Posted: Sunday, 20 December 2009

'Places to Play: Ireland's Sporting Heritage' takes place on Wednesday 13th January 2010 at Boston College, 42 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, beginning at 09.30 am. Attendance at the event is free, and will include lunch. Places are limited so to reserve your place please send an email to Claire McGowan by clicking here. Once you have confirmed attendance, full details of the event will be forwarded to you.

This event is part of a research project being undertaken by Boston College on behalf of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. The aim is to uncover what elements of sporting heritage are out there, whether they have any architectural merit, and how sporting sites came to evolve. Inherent in this investigation is a study of the transformation of sporting sites from their origins, through the process of enclosure and re-development.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together leading figures in the area from academia, the heritage industry and sports organisations. The day will feature a mix of lectures and roundtable discussions, and will allow the issues circulating sporting heritage in Ireland to be aired in full. This is a developing area in Ireland, and one that will become an ever more important issue in future years which sports bodies, councils and government will all have to address.

Speakers at the event include
Prof Douglas Booth University of Otago, New Zealand
Prof John Bale University of Keele, UK
Kevin Baird Irish Heritage Trust
Dr Roisin Higgins Irish Sporting Heritage Project
Peter McKenna Croke Park
Orla Strumble Irish Greyhound Board