24th March: 7.30pm
Cormac Moore: A Century of Football Division in Ireland
Football administration in Ireland was organised on an all-Ireland basis up to partition. However, divisions in the sport reached a climax after the First World War, culminating in the split of 1921 when Leinster seceded from the Irish Football Association (IFA) and formed the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). In this talk, leading historian Cormac Moore, details the events and causes that led to the split in soccer in Ireland and the efforts made to heal the division to bring about an all-Ireland international team. Cormac will also compare soccer to other sports that remained or became united after the island’s partition. The event will be joined by representatives from the IFA and FAI and chaired by Jason Burke from the Linen Hall Library.
Dr Cormac Moore is an historian with Dublin City Council on its Decade of Commemorations Programme. He has a PhD from De Montfort University in Leicester. He is the author of Birth of the Border: The Impact of Partition in Ireland (2019), The Irish Soccer Split (2015, republished in paperback format in 2021), and The GAA v Douglas Hyde: The Removal of Ireland’s First President as GAA Patron (2012).