to reports in The Irish Times, foreign minister Dr
Garret Fitzgerald came in for particular criticism from
the Irish Committee for Chile for not publicly denouncing
the proposed tour, as he had done with Irish Rugby
Football Union’s Lions Tour of South Africa. Despite the
protests the tour did go ahead, also including Brazil and
Uruguay, with the Republic of Ireland team defeating Chile
2-1. In an interview, Eamonn Dunphy, a member of the Irish
team, was to later recall: ‘When we went out to inspect
the pitch, armed guards ordered us back to the dressing
rooms. It was a sobering experience. I think most of the
lads in the team realised we were being used then. The
stadium was freshly painted for our visit so all traces of
blood and torture were destroyed’ (Sheehan 2005).
area of women’s sport, the most frequent contact has been
through field hockey. Many teams from Argentina have
visited Ireland and Irish teams have also toured
Argentina. In 1959, the Argentine team visited Cork and
Waterford and were given a civic reception by the Mayor of
Waterford. A commentary in The Irish Times said ‘it
is a pity these touring sides could not have travelled
more extensively throughout the country because their
visits have stimulated interest in women’s hockey’.
Brazil fans from São
Paulo and living in Naas, Co Kildare, near Croke
Park before the Ireland-Brazil football match on 6
February 2008. Brazil won 1-0
(Dara Mac Dónaill, The Irish Times, 2008)
American Involvement in Contemporary Sport in Ireland
potential for any significant migration of sportsmen or
women from Latin America to Ireland in recent years has
been limited. The dominance of Gaelic games, which assert
a distinct Irish identity and are amateur and
non-international in character; the small population
coupled with a low population density; and the limited
attendant advertising, are all factors which have limited
the growth of fully professional sport in Ireland. The
only team sport that is fully professional is rugby, which
has four provincial teams. As the only fully professional
sport, rugby does have a small, yet high-profile presence
of Latin American players: Felipe Contepomi, star of the
Pumas, is the fly-half for the
team; Juan Francisco Goméz, originally from Morón in
Greater Buenos Aires, also plays for Leinster; and
Frederico Pucciariello from Rosario in Argentina, who was
capped for Italy, plays for Munster and was part of the
team that won the European Heineken cup in 2005/06.
of the Latin American community’s involvement in sport in
Ireland, both at a competitive and non-competitive level,
is difficult to gauge. At a community level, there have
been efforts to set up sports clubs for the significant
Brazilian community - a manifestation of this been the
‘Gort for Brazil FC’, in Gort, County Galway. Shaughnessy
(2007) has shown that there is evidence that there has
been some cultural transference as some Brazilian children
have taken up hurling.
coaching level, the presence of Latin Americans is almost
non-existent, though one of the more innovative programmes
in youth football in Ireland in recent years has been the
emergence of the ‘Samba Soccer’ summer camp which brings
Brazilian coaches to Ireland in the summer months,
fostering stronger sporting links between Ireland and
like to express my gratitude to Ronnie Quinn for his
enthusiasm in offering advice and support and above all
for providing valuable contacts. I would also like to
thank Patricio Connolly of Clarín for his
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