Dr. Seán Crosson



Sport and exercise practices annually mobilize millions of people across the world: as practitioners in a wide variety of competitive, educational, recreational and, increasingly, health-related contexts; and as spectators, whether physically present or, more typically, following events via the mass media. In so doing, sporting practices and representations contribute significantly to the social construction of identities, through the elaboration of discourses and networks of power relations that, together, both shape and serve to legitimize highly distinctive processes of socialization. These mechanisms may be regarded negatively, for instance, by Marxist, Foucauldian and feminist critics respectively, as alienating, disciplinary and/or patriarchal. They may also be interpreted more positively, as permitting self-expression and even self-actualization of various kinds, in a tradition of linking the playing of games to the education of the young that stretches at least as far back as the Roman concept of mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body). However, perhaps most persuasively, sport may be understood as combining both positive and negative features, depending on the specific situations in which it is practised, watched, listened to, read about or otherwise consumed, and thus on the variety of individual and collective experiences to which it may give rise.

This research cluster emerges from ongoing research projects in the areas of sport and exercise in disciplines across NUI Galway and brings together a broad range of researchers within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies; the College of Business, Public Policy, & Law; the College of Engineering & Informatics; and the College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences. A key concern of this cluster is to explore and facilitate the development of interdisciplinary research in the areas of sport and exercise.


Current Research Projects: Gaelic Games, Irish Media, and the Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown in Ireland


Relevant Programme: MA Sports Journalism and Communication

Members of the group contribute to the MA Sports Journalism and Communication. Further information on this programme can be found at the following link:

Sport & Exercise Research Group Seminar Series

Venue and Time

The Bridge Room 1001, First Floor Hardiman Research Building (unless otherwise indicated), Tuesdays 12-2pm.

[Please note this series is also incorporated as part of the Research in Sport module on the MA in Sports Journalism and Communication]


  • Week 1 (September 7):         Sport and Film: An American Dream? (Dr. Seán Crosson, Huston School of Film & Digital Media)


  • Week 2 (September 14):       Sport and Identity: from local pastimes to global games (Professor Philip Dine, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures) [Virtual Lecture via Blackboard Collaborate]


  • Week 3 (September 21):       Lance Armstrong and suiveur reporting in Libération, 1999–2013: A Case Study in Sports Journalism (Ruadhán Cooke, Discipline of French, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures)


  • Week 4 (September 28):   How are advances in digital technologies impacting sports and exercise? (Dr. Eoin Whelan  Business Information Systems  J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics  NUI Galway)


  • Week 5 (October 5):          Improving performance:  Lessons from sport (Professor Eamon O’Shea, School of Business & Economics)


  • Week 6 (October 12):           Exercise Physiology in evaluation of fitness and exercise prescription (Dr. Ananya Gupta, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine) [Virtual Lecture via Blackboard Collaborate]


  • Week 7 (October 19):        Psychology and Performance in Sport (Dr. Jane Walsh, School of Psychology)


  • Week 8 (November 2):         Sport, Celebrity, Media and National Identity (Dr Marcus Free, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)


  • Week 9 (Date/Time TBC):   Dr. Tony Hall (School of Education, NUI Galway) (Topic TBC)


  • Week 10 (November 16):     Sport and Mental Health in Historical and Contemporary Perspective (Professor Matthew Smith, History, University of Strathclyde / NUI Galway) [Virtual Lecture via Blackboard Collaborate]


  • Week 11 (November 23)       Professor Martin Hurcombe, Professor of French Studies, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol. (Topic TBC)


  • “Women in Sports and levelling the playing fields”: Seán Crosson examines this topic with Clíona Foley, sports journalist and regular on Newstalk’s Off The Bench and Louise Toal, digital sports editor for Galway Pulse:

Upcoming Events

Media, Sport and Ireland Symposium, NUI Galway, 19th-20th May 2022
Room: G010, Hardiman Research Building/Moore Institute, NUI Galway

The final programme for the symposium is now available to view and download here.

The event website is available here:

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