Europeana Sport – Ireland’s Stories

Share your sporting wins with us!

We are proud to be part of the Europeana Sport – Ireland’s Stories project and invite you to dig out your sporting memorabilia and contribute to a European project on the culture and history of sport.

Europeana Sport – Ireland’s Stories will show the richness and diversity of sporting history in Ireland and amongst the Irish overseas through the collection of stories and memorabilia from fans, players, enthusiasts, past sporting heroes and heroines. These memories will be shared alongside those of other countries across Europe showing our similarities and differences but through the decades our mutual love of sport in all its forms.

People can share their stories and memorabilia online or work with a volunteer via the phone or online to tell their stories and send in their photos of past medals, jerseys, triumphs, programmes, hurls, rugby boots, trophies, diaries etc. Those playing GAA abroad are also invited to participate, submitting photos of their teams, strips, community events and inter-country games.

In the words of two our Rugby internationals:

Aoife McDermott, Irish National Rugby Team: “I am very excited to experience sport in this way, the memories and stories each item will tell will be incredibly unique. I am particularly interested in the rugby history that will unfold and hearing some of the untold stories”

And Duncan Casey, former Munster and Grenoble player who commented:  “I am really looking forward to the Rugby related stories and seeing the objects people have stashed away and love the idea that they will be linked with similar stories across Europe. Sport is so much part of Irish cultural heritage it will be wonderful for us to share our memories.”

Visit the Europeana Sport Contribution Form to upload your stories. If you would like to be interviewed directly please email museum@epicchq.com and a member of staff will get in touch with you.


Under the common banner of Europeana Sport – Ireland’s Stories, six coordinating partners from across Ireland – Digital Repository of IrelandEPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, European Expo2020Hunt MuseumUniversity of Limerick Conference & Sports Campus and Fethard Horse Country Experience (FHCE) – are each undertaking campaigns focusing on specific sports e.g. camogie, Gaelic football, horse-racing, fishing, martial arts, tag rugby and rowing.

Over the summer, more partners from galleries, libraries, archives and museums will be asked to take part to increase the speed, breadth and numbers of contributions, including NUIG and the Little Museum of Dublin. Ireland is the first country to kick off the Europeana Sports project ahead of the start of the wider pan-European Autumn campaign that begins in October.

Europeana Sport Contribution Form

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Photo credit:

Miss Hookey. Bank Lane, group of Camogie Team – https://www.europeana.eu/item/92022/BibliographicResource_1000125932749. National Library of Ireland – In Copyright – http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, & Irish Photo Service. A girl’s race featuring Jacob’s Biscuit Factory workers, 1940 – 1960. Digital Repository of Ireland [Distributor], Dublin City Library and Archive [Depositing Institution], https://doi.org/10.7486/DRI.p267mf46t  CC-BY-NC-ND https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/