Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Carol M. Barron
Until recent times, research on children's play, or súgradh , in Ireland was limited. However, there are exceptions—the Irish Folklore Association and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) are both a rich resource on the history of play and sports of Irish children during the last century. Recently the issue of play in Ireland was addressed by the Irish government to meet commitments made in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the National Children's Strategy (2000); during the consultation process with children, the lack of play opportunities was the most frequently cited concern of children throughout the country. This led to the first Irish National Play Policy in 2004. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was established in 1884 to revive and nurture traditional, indigenous pastimes, especially hurling and Gaelic football. Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ...