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"[T]he gospel according to St. Andrews:" Golf and Tourism at the Seaside in late Victorian Co. Donegal, Ireland"

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Title: "[T]he gospel according to St. Andrews:" Golf and Tourism at the Seaside in late Victorian Co. Donegal, Ireland"
Author: Tigchelaar, Evan
Department: Department of History
Program: History
Advisor: James, Kevin
Abstract: In the late nineteenth century, golf developed for the first time as a global phenomenon, closely tied to countries with a strong colonial British presence. In Ireland, golf emerged in the 1850s as a preserve of elite members from the upper echelons of English and Scottish society residing in Ireland. This rapidly changed between 1890 and 1900, when the burgeoning middle classes in Ireland and England claimed the sport for their own purposes as well. Using case studies of two rural seaside resort towns in Co. Donegal, Buncrana and Bundoran, which both adopted golf as a leisure amenity during this period, this thesis examines the contested role of golf at the Irish seaside. Golf was far from just a sport during this period. It was an imported element of British – and especially Scottish – culture enmeshed in a complex framework of political manoeuvring, entrepreneurial influence, and societal transition that was occurring simultaneously in Ireland during the final decade of the century. This thesis unpacks these developments, charting golf’s progression during a period characterised by programmatic efforts to raise Ireland’s social, cultural, and political profile as a nation within the United Kingdom. Utilising a wealth of archival material, this thesis demonstrates golf’s instrumental legacy to Ireland’s development as a touring nation, transitioning from a marginal game to a major element of Ireland’s social and cultural sporting heritage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8689
Date: 2015-01


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