Entertainment in early Ireland
Citation:A. B. Gleason, 'Entertainment in early Ireland', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of History, 2002, pp 346
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The role of entertainment in any society offers an important window onto its values, customs, culture and traditions. The socio-economic and political importance of play and entertainment is demonstrated by its inclusion of all classes, ages and genders. The discussion of its role and consequence within a society offers a comprehensive social tool, encompassing how, why, when and where a culture celebrates and enjoys play. The following examination is an inquiry into the various forms of entertainment in pre-Norman Ireland. All available source material has been explored and applied, though principal attention has been given to the early literature and legal material of the Old and Middle Irish periods. Subsequent discussion and examination of extant archaeological and artefactual evidence is also emphasised. Several early legal texts with translation have been added as an appendix to this study. Hitherto untranslated, the texts provide useful insight into the legal stipulations and considerations of various sports. Additionally, they provide important classifications of sport and game according to the age of participant, the inherent danger of the game and the liability for injuries incurred.
Author: Gleason, A. B.
Publisher:Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of History
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