The growth and development of sport in County Tipperary from 1840 to 1880 was promoted and supported by the landed elite and military officer classes. In the instances of cricket, rugby football and association football, the military were the principle agency through which these sports were spread and made known among the people in the county. Sporting trends which were fashionable in Great Britain also became evident in Ireland and, by extension, Tipperary.
The degree to which horse racing and hunting to hounds became an integral aspect of the social lives of the elite class is reflected countywide. The associational culture among this class became evident in summertime recreations most notably archery, lawn tennis and cricket. Cricket was the one sport which was quickly diffused throughout the sporting community of Tipperary as it became, in the 1870s, the most prolific team sport in the county and played by all classes.
Sport took place without borders and to this end patronage was a key element of this support. There were some notable supporters who gave of their time and money to ensure that the best resources were in place to bring this about.
Pat Bracken is a Staff Officer at Tipperary County Council Library Service
October 2018 | 9781782052746 | €39 £35 | Hardback |234 x 156mm | 316 pages