Calling all football historians!

By Helena Byrne

This is a call for all football historians that may have come across references to Irish women’s football of any code prior to 1973. Women’s football governing bodies were established in Ireland from 1973 onwards. However, there is little known about the history and development of women’s football in Ireland. This project is calling on the crowd to share any newspaper references they may have come across prior to 1973.

You can see the update on this work here.

How to get involved

You can nominate the newspaper references you have here:

The nomination form will be open until June 12, 2019. After it closes the data will be cleaned up and published on an online map by place of newspaper publication.

How the data will be shared

Each newspaper reference will be marked on the map with the details supplied by the nominator and will include the name of the person(s) who nominated that reference. The sample map below has a few of the early references that were submitted. This map will be updated after May 31st, 2019. All the nominations will be made open access and can reused by any researchers interested in the data under a Creative Commons Licence.

You can view a sample of how the final version of the data will appear here:

sample map of women's football newspaper citations

What to nominate

We are interested in any references to women’s football or female involvement in men’s football on the island of Ireland from any newspaper even if it was published outside Ireland. This includes women attending football matches, being involved in the running of a team as well as playing any code of football such as soccer or Gaelic etc.


It is hoped that this project will start a conversation amongst researchers interested in Irish sports to do more to document the history and development of women’s football. Women’s football of any code only started to become popular in Ireland from the mid 1960’s onwards, but very little is known of what went before. By collaborating through this public form, we can start to piece together the knowledge that exists within the research community and identify where the gaps in our knowledge lie.


If you have any questions about this project you can get in touch by emailing:



Helena Byrne

Martin J Moore

Stuart Gibbs

Michael Kielty

Gerard Farrell

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