Dublin City was awarded the title of European Capital of Sport 2010 by the European Capital of Sports Association (ACES). In recognition of this honour, Dublin City Public Libraries present a small selection of photos from the Dublin City Council Photographic Collection celebrating the proud sporting heritage of Dublin.
Dublin is a city obsessed with sports. On any given weekend, thousands head to Croke Park, Dalymount Park, Santry Stadium, and the newly-opened Aviva Stadium to bear witness, to discuss, and to dissect their favoured teams. Sport informs debate in offices, shops, street corners, and pubs. The city hums with anticipation and excitement on the eve of major sporting events.
But for Dubliners, participation in sport can never be restricted to the mere passive. Every weekend, more people play than watch. Public parks, sports centres, and swimming pools are filled with people striving to be faster, stronger, and more skilful. Canals become sites for angling contests, rivers hosts regattas, kids play ‘rounders’ on parks and squares, while, with a few licks of paint, concrete is transformed into football pitches and tennis courts. These local, but never trivial, contests are the true pulse of sporting life in Dublin. Sport defines our communities and boosts our local and civic pride.
These images pay tribute to Dublin’s sporting heritage and the role sport plays in community life. It celebrates all who have engaged – from Olympians to Corinthians.
In addition to these photographs, Dublin City Public Libraries also include further sources on sport in Dublin, some of which are available online and some through the Dublin City Public Libraries network.
The Reading Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, holds a wealth of material on sporting life in Dublin and Ireland, including magazines, books, and sports programmes.
dublinheritage.ie is a resource from Dublin City Public Libraries focusing primarily on databases derived from printed and other historic records related to Dublin city and surrounding administrative areas. It includes further samples from the various historic collections available in the Dublin City Library and Archive.
The following online resources can be accessed free of charge at your local library (access links via our Netvibes Portal). Ask library staff for further information and assistance.
Irish Times Digital Archive: This online archive service gives access to contemporary reports of sporting events from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present.
Irish Newspaper Archives: This online archive service gives access to contemporary articles on sporting events published in The Irish Independent and a range of other newspapers.
The Ireland Collection-JSTOR: This online archive of academic articles can also be accessed free of charge at your local library. It includes a number of articles on the history of sport in Ireland.
For further reading, consult the Dublin City Library Catalogue.