Camogie Association and UCD launch new Fellowship on the History of Camogie

April 03, 2024

Paul Rouse.
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As part of its 120th anniversary, the Camogie Association has announced a Newman Fellowship research project with University College Dublin (UCD), which the Camogie Association will fund to the value of €120,000 over two years. In partnership with the School of History at UCD, the History of Camogie Fellowship will serve as a lasting source for the social and sporting history of Camogie and the broader community from which the sport originated and flourished.

The Newman Fellow will work with Professor Paul Rouse in UCD’s School of History for two years to develop an archival database and produce a range of academic publication outputs. This includes listing the historical records of the Camogie Association from its establishment to the current day, and developing the cataloguing of records relevant to the emergence and growth of the sport of camogie. They will also write a comprehensive history of camogie in the context of social, community and sporting life in Ireland. The project will be completed in time for the 125th anniversary in 2029.

Hilda Breslin, Uachtarán of the Camogie Association said; “We are delighted to announce our Newman Fellowship with UCD. Partnering with UCD enables the Camogie Association to develop an archival database of all of the history of the Association over the last 120 years. It also allows us to gather the relevant materials as there is currently no single catalogued archive of the Camogie Association.

Records and items of historical value are currently kept in several locations, including Croke Park Museum. It’s also likely that individuals have items of historical interest. As generations change, there is an imminent risk that these may be lost to the Association unless a project of collection and indexation is commenced. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop an archival database of this material.”

The history of the Camogie Association spans the establishment of the Irish State, the women’s movement and other significant events in Irish history. In 2018, Camogie (along with Hurling) was added to UNESCO's list of protected cultural activities around the world.

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