Two hundred men at tennis:   Sport in North Dublin 1600-1760.

Paper 253

Lecture – 2005

Author – Ni Mhurchadha, Maighread

The people of Fingal of all classes were greatly attached to a wide variety of sports. One contemporary source indicated that football was not played much in Ireland except in Fingal. (What form the game took we do not know.)

Using numerous sources from the 17th and 18th centuries, including literary sources, the author discusses the variety of sports played in Fingal, the attitudes of the authorities to them and the means the organisers used to circumvent the laws directed against some of the sports. (31 pages).

Themes:  Recreation, politics, religion, social history