Sport as a channel for cultural identity - an examination ofamateur and professional activities : a case study of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland from the mid 19th century to the modern era
Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sports are under the threat of global and more commercially viable sports. This thesis examines the relationship between the GAA and the communities it is involved with. The research has shown a research gap relating to the significance of the GAA in the lives of Irish people, while also examining this organisation through amateur and professional perspectives throughout this research. The impact of this study is of a significant importance in the relationship that exists between Irish people and the GAA. The main research task evaluates the relationship between the GAA as an organisation and the people who participate in the sports. The method of research used is based on the thematic interpretation of the reading materials. This method is a form of content analysis under the name thematic content analysis, which utilises qualitative reading methods, in examining books, articles and media outlets such as Irish national newspapers. The results illustrate the relationship between the GAA and the Irish people and that the GAA has been an integral part to Irish people both historically and in the modern era, while also having significant growth in the face of challenges from professional sports. ...
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