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bull-baiting

Overview page. Subjects: European History — Sport and Leisure.

Was probably introduced to Ireland from England, where it had been a popular pastime at least from the 13th century. Bulls, sometimes mutilated and invariably tethered, were baited by both...

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camogie

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — European History.

Essentially a women's version of hurling, was invented by female members of the Gaelic League. It was first played publicly at Navan, Co. Meath, in 1904. Unlike other Gaelic sports ...

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handball

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — European History.

Was certainly played in Ireland in the 18th century. By the mid‐19th century Irish immigrants had taken the sport abroad, though it had become uncommon in Ireland. Irish handball became ...

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Thomas William Croke

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — European History.

(1824–1902),

Catholic archbishop of Cashel (1875–1902). Born in Co. Cork and educated in Paris and Rome, he taught theology at Carlow and Paris, and was the first president of St...

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