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.


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:

Upcoming Events:

Sport and Covid-19 – Webinar, June 25 at 4:00 pm

Previous Events:

Sport & Exercise Research Group Lecture: Psychology and Performance in Sport– Lecture 29th October

Spotlight on Research Lecture Series: From “great” to violent: on contemporary art– Lecture 31st October

Sport & Exercise Research Group: Exercise Physiology in evaluation of fitness and exercise prescription– Lecture 21st October

Sport & Exercise Research Group Lecture: Improving Performance: Lessons from Sport – Lecture 15th October

Sport & Exercise Research Group Lecture:Bringing Stats into Play – Lecture 1st October

European Cultural Identity Workshop at NUI Galway – Workshop 27th September

Sport and Identity: from local pastimes to global games (Professor Philip Dine, Head of French, NUI Galway)-Lecture

Sport and Film: Examining the relationship from the United States to Ireland (Dr. Seán Crosson, Huston School of Film & Digital Media)-Lecture 10th September

Gaelic Games on Film: From silent films to Hollywood hurling, horror and the emergence of Irish cinemaby Seán Crosson-Book Launch 9th May

Sport and Society in Global France:Nations, Migrations, Corporations by Cathal kilcline-Book Launch 17th April

‘Hammer and Cycle: Communism’s Cycling Counter Culture in Interwar France’ -Martin Hurcombe(visiting Fellow)  20th March 2019.

Reading’ sport and sports culture: a case study of the codification of wrestling styles during the Celtic and Gaelic revival movements.– Dr Tanguy Philippe (Visiting Fellow) – 15th March 2018.

“Representations of Rugby Union in the Professional Era” with Dr. Marcus Free – 17th June 2017.

‘Sport and homophobia in France: Twenty years of research’ featuring Professor Philippe Liotard – 3rd May 2017

Dancing with the Intellectuals: Designing physical education for Irish schools in the second-half of the centenary years, 1966-2016 by Dr. Tony Hall – 5th April 2017

“The World Comes to One Country: Migration, Cultures and Professional Rugby in France” by Professor Philip Dine – 1st March 2017

‘A New Ireland Rises’?  Sport and the Remembering of 1916 by Dr. Sean Crosson – 1st February 2017