Calling all football fans!

‘Talking Balls’ is a unique online programme that will explore the history of football in Ireland.

1921 was a seismic year in the island’s political history. It is also the year that a split from the Irish Football Association would shape the future of football on the island.

This programme will feature input from leading historians and former players for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, including Packie Bonner and Peter Kennedy!

How will the programme work?

– Cormac Moore, author of ‘The Irish Soccer Split’ will lead a discussion on the causes for the split and how it impacted the lives and careers of players.

– Historian Ryan Mallon will detail the incredible story of Belfast player Jimmy Hasty who had a prestigious career with Dundalk FC, despite losing an arm in a work accident.

– Broadcaster, Journalist and former Northern Ireland footballer Nicola McCarthy will give an overview of the women’s game and how the English ban of women’s football in 1921 impacted locally.

– Take part in a unique panel discussion featuring Packie Bonner, Alan Kernaghan, Peter Kennedy, Nicola McCarthy and historian Graham Walker as they offer personal insights into their lives in football.

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