Spring Talk: The Country House Sport & Leisure

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Spring Talk: The Country House Sport & Leisure

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Dlr Heritage Events


087 226 5013, 9am - 5pm


30th Apr 2020




Marlay Park (Marlay House)



Event Description

Sir Shane Leslie once wrote that ‘Country life was entirely organisedto give nobility and gentry and demi-gentry a good time.’Throughout Ireland, the country house was a centre of hospitality, entertainment and leisure. Outdoors the parkland was used for a variety of sporting activities including archery, cricket and shooting, and from the late nineteenth century golf and even Gaelic games. Beyond the demesne, the aristocracy and gentry developed hunting, horse racing andyachting. This lecture provides some fresh insights into how sport underpinned the social hierarchy of country houses and their localcommunities in Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prof Terence Dooley lectures in the History Department at Maynooth University where he is also Director of the Centre for the Study ofHistoric Irish Houses and Estates. Talks are free. Must be pre-booked via email: dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie

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