Webinar Recording: Sport and Covid-19

The latest webinar in our COVID-19 Response Group series, Sport and Covid-19 took place on June 25th, 2020.

An audio recording of the session may also be found on the Moore Institute’s Soundcloud.


Webinar Overview

The advent of the Covid-19 crisis has brought unprecedented challenges to all areas of social, cultural, and economic life. As one of the most popular cultural practices, sport has been particularly impacted with the cancellation since mid-March of most sporting events in countries across the world. Sport has nonetheless continued to occupy an important place in people’s lives and in the contemporary media landscape. This webinar brings together a range of speakers engaging with sport from a variety of perspectives, including sports history, sports governance and policy, sports practitioners and representative organisations, sport and the media, and gender and sport, to consider the impact of the pandemic on sport in Ireland and internationally.


  • Professor Paul Rouse, UCD, one of the leading experts on the history of Irish sport
  • Dr Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, and All-Ireland winning player and All-Star with Cork in camogie and Gaelic football
  • Dr Niamh Kitching, Mary Immaculate College, whose work focuses on gender equality and sport, including female athletes and coaches
  • Dr Marcus Free, Mary Immaculate College, who specialises on media and sport
  • Dr Borja García, Loughborough University, an authority on sports policy and governance and member of the European Commission’s expert group on sport policy

The webinar is chaired by Dr Seán Crosson of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway, and leader of the Sport and Exercise Research Group in the Moore Institute.

The session was streamed live on Zoom, on the Moore Institute’s Facebook page, and on FlirtFM radio and webstream.

About the Series

This webinar is part of a series developed through the Moore Institute’s COVID-19 Response Group. Video and audio recordings of the previous sessions are available on the group’s webpage.