'The Irish Question': Ireland, identity politics and the British Empire Games of 1930

Katie/K Liston, joseph maguire

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Imagine if you will, an Irish sportsman sweating an oath of allegiance to the King and willingly representing the British Empire in an international athletics meet in 1930. Watch him stand for God Save the King, salute the Union flag and honour the Empire, in the shadows of the renunciation of this same flag by the Irish Olympians some twenty years prior. Note the particular national emblem that he wears and the colour of his shirt.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages0
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015
EventSport and Diplomacy: Message, Mode and Metaphor - London
Duration: 3 Jul 2015 → …


ConferenceSport and Diplomacy: Message, Mode and Metaphor
Period3/07/15 → …



  • Irish question
  • national identity
  • diplomacy
  • sport

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