A brief post to draw attention to an upcoming History Ireland Hedge School, taking place this Saturday at 3pm in Dalymount Park as part of the annual Phizzfest. I was chuffed to be asked to speak at this one, and hopefully I can give the perspective of a younger LOI devotee as well as looking at some of the historic aspects of the game we’ve covered on the site here. Dalymount Park really is the perfect setting to talk about the beautiful game.
In the spirit of hedge schools of yore, where wandering school masters taught pupils in improvised surroundings, this year’s History Ireland Hedge School @ PhizzFest moves to the home of Irish football, Dalymount Park, for a discussion on the history of the game. Why was it called the ‘garrison game’? What were the circumstances of the split with the Belfast-based Irish Football Association in the 1920s? Why are League of Ireland clubs so poorly supported and resourced? Join Hedge School master, Tommy Graham, to address these and related questions with the panel: Paul Rouse (sports historian, UCD); Donal Fallon (Come Here To Me blog); Brian Trench (PRO, Bohs); and David Toms (Waterford supporter & UCC).