Heritage At Play

Location

Ireland
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    Zack McCune | September 1st, 2010
    After a dark, wet week in Cambridge, Mass. Colleen and I were able to complete our feature documentary. The result, a 32-minute exploration of what gaelic games are and what they mean to the Irish who play them, is cheerfully titled "Playing Irish...
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    Zack McCune | August 4th, 2010
    Our time in Ireland is now over but Colleen and I are proud to share a final Broadcast from Dublin. When we made our first one over three weeks ago, we hoped we would be able to make four or five by the end of the trip. Instead, we made nine! Seven...
  • Colleen Brogan | July 28th, 2010
    Hurling has been celebrated as the fastest game on grass. And indeed it is quite fast, with the ball flying around the field in just a few seconds. Which can make watching the sport somewhat trying. Like ice hockey, one needs to learn how to follow...
  • Zack McCune | July 28th, 2010
    Hurling has been celebrated as the fastest game on grass. And indeed it is quite fast, with the ball flying around the field in just a few seconds. Which can make watching the sport somewhat trying. Like ice hockey, one needs to learn how to follow...
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    Zack McCune | July 28th, 2010
    In the 6th Broadcast from Dublin, Zack and I visit Phoenix Park to take advantage of the large and vacant pitches and picturesque atmosphere to try our hand at the gaelic games. While we already had hurling lessons from Ross O'Carroll at Kilmacud...
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    Zack McCune | July 22nd, 2010
    In the 6th Broadcast from Dublin, Zack and I visit Phoenix Park to take advantage of the large and vacant pitches and picturesque atmosphere to try our hand at the gaelic games. While we already had hurling lessons from Ross O'Carroll at Kilmacud...
  • Croke Park referee attack
    Zack McCune | July 22nd, 2010
    Croke Park, as we discovered, is a sacred place in the hearts and minds of GAA folks. In the daily newspapers, the stadium is often called "headquarters" reflecting the fact that the stadium is literally where the GAA's central management is, and...
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    Zack McCune | July 20th, 2010
    The moment we (Zack) have all been waiting for is finally here. The hurl has been procured, the field found, and sliotar itching to be struck. But how does all this work then? What are the rules? What are the techniques? How, after all this watching...
  • Zack McCune | July 20th, 2010
    Having seen us don Dublin blue, Kilkenny black and yellow, and Galway's maroon, some of our readership may be feeling that in our efforts to embrace the excitement of GAA action we have undercut one of the organization's most intrinsic principles:...
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    Zack McCune | July 13th, 2010
    Back from the Rebel County, we are pleased to present our latest broadcast. Cork is a land where both gaelic football and hurling thrive, with hurling legend Christy Ring and the celebrated Nemo Rangers calling the county home. With a tour from Nemo...
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    Zack McCune | July 13th, 2010
    Heritage at Play documentary duo Zack McCune and Colleen Brogan returned to Croke Park to see another side of major GAA athletics. Hurling is an iconic Irish activity, with a unique wooden stick called a hurl used to hit around a sliotar (pronounced...
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    Zack McCune | July 7th, 2010
    (Click on the post link to see the video full-screen!) Our friends in Ireland have insisted that it is in the country and not in the cosmopolitan bustle of city life that we will find a "true" Irish experience. Partially inspired by that idea, Zack...
  • Zack McCune | July 7th, 2010
    Dublin is a most modern city. The streets are filled with foreign tourists taking in the sights, and now increasingly its shops are staffed by foreign workers who are taking advantage of the EU’s fluid emigration system. In downtown Dublin, it would...
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    Zack McCune | July 5th, 2010
    After almost a full week in Dublin, the metropolitan of Ireland, we were itching to see some of the countryside. One early afternoon we took the DART train 9 miles north of the city to a small seaside town called Malahide. It is a quaint and...
  • St. Rynagh's Club in Cloghan, County Offaly
    Zack McCune | July 3rd, 2010
    A great sigh of relief and yip yip HOORRAYYY! We are back from the faithful county, faithful to cows and "full irish" breakfasts and gaelic games and old ruins, but not so faithful to the Internet. We were able to tweet a little from our trusty O2...
  • Malahide Castle, 9 Miles North of Dublin
    Zack McCune | July 3rd, 2010
    Something about castles almost perks my interest. I think this is a particularly American debilitation, as we simply grow up reading, watching films, and dream about castles but with no access to them. So when Colleen and I got the chance to head...
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    Zack McCune | June 29th, 2010
    (Note: Click on post title to see full video) There was a great mix of excitement and anxiety about attending our first GAA match. For one thing, we had never before seen a complete gaelic game. I mean we had never seen one start to finish, kick-off...
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    Zack McCune | June 27th, 2010
    Since arriving in Ireland, we have been followed constantly by our cameras, documenting our travails and explorations as well as our preparations for today's Dublin-Meath Senior Football Semifinal at Croke Park (with a bonus second match between...
  • Dublin Castle, home to Irish government
    Zack McCune | June 26th, 2010
    Bag in hand, it finally felt right to settle into the cottage, and lock our belongings for a longer trip into the City Centre. We hopped back onto the bus, and this time we stopped off in the Temple Bar section of Dublin, a very trendy and thinly...
  • Zack McCune | June 26th, 2010
    Hello from Dublin! We just finished editing the first "Broadcast from Dublin", a short film montage of the past two days' adventures. It will be posted as soon as Zack gets back with his computer. We dawdled in the morning, hoping for a knock at the...
  • Zack McCune | June 24th, 2010
    Greetings from an eternal Ireland where the sun still refuses to set despite the fact that we are coming up on fully 9:30 pm local time. Colleen and I have arrived in wonderful spirits, though a member of our team- my much needed checked baggage-...
  • Victims of Bloody Sunday March in Ireland
    Zack McCune | June 15th, 2010
    Today in Derrry, Northern Ireland, British PM David Cameron apologized for the "Bloody Sunday" attacks of British Paratroopers on January 30, 1972. The attacks killed 13 civilians who had been marching in a civil rights demonstration, and were among...
  • Zack McCune | June 7th, 2010
    The more one learns about gaelic games, the more there is to learn. Take Poc Fada or "Long Puck" as example. While reading up on the GAA in Ulster (most of which is in Northern Ireland) I came upon a press release detailing the specifics for Ulster'...
  • Zack McCune | June 2nd, 2010
    The relationship between sports and society is one of the themes that Colleen and I will be tracing throughout our time in Ireland. In fact, our project is fundamentally centered on the belief that sports are more than games- that they have symbolic...
  • Zack McCune | May 26th, 2010
    Not unlike devotees of the scientific method, Colleen and I have proceeded on our Heritage at Play project under the hypothesis that gaelic games are more than games. In fact, we have framed the project by asking what gaelic games say about the...
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    Zack McCune | March 22nd, 2010
    Like any Bostonian worthy of the title, I grew up confusing civic pride with a fanatical devotion to local athletics. Every summer (and with luck, every fall) belonged to Red Sox, and each winter was marked off for the Celtics. This was before Tom...
  • Colleen Brogan | March 22nd, 2010
    Hello, everyone! My name is Colleen Brogan, I am a senior at Brown concentrating in Art History and French-Semiotics. I grew up in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia that is obsessed with sports. I ran cross country for a while in college and...