Researcher profile


Dr. Seán Crosson


Introducing Seán Crosson

Dr. Seán Crosson is Programme Director of the MA in Film Studies and the MA in Screenwriting in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. He has published widely on film, focusing in particular in recent years on the representation of sport in film, and on Irish literature.  

Contributions to several major collections in recent years

Over the past four years, Dr. Crosson has researched and uncovered important depictions of sport in film, in particular of Gaelic games, and his work has been the subject of articles in The Irish Times, an RTÉ news report and TV documentaries (including the TG4 series “GAA125 Bliain”). His research in this area has also resulted in contributions to several major collections in recent years, including the award-winning volume The Gaelic Athletic Association 1884-2009 and Screening Irish-America: Representing Irish-America in Film and Television

Top selling sport-themed DVD in Ireland

Most recently Dr. Crosson did the research towards, and provided the liner notes for, the DVD release, GAA Gold - All Ireland Hurling Championship Finals 1948-1959, which made available rarely seen footage of hurling all-Irelands in these years and was one of the top selling sport-themed DVDs in Ireland in 2010. He is co-editor of four collections published over the past three years including (with Dr. Philip Dine) Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe (Peter Lang, 2010); (with Dr. Rod Stoneman) The Quiet Man…and Beyond: Reflections on a Classic Film, John Ford, and Ireland (Liffey Press, 2009); (with Dr. Nessa Cronin & Dr. John Eastlake) Anáil an Bhéil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and (with Anne Karhio and Charles I. Armstrong) Crisis and Contemporary Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is also author of the monograph ’The Given Note’ Traditional Music and Modern Irish Poetry (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) which was one of the first book-length studies on the relationship of Irish poetry with traditional music. Dr. Crosson’s research has also been featured at leading international cultural events including Milwaukee Irish Fest in 2009 and at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2010. He is currently working on a monograph examining the representation of sport in film to be published by Routledge in 2012 and has also recently co-edited with Dr. Philip Dine from the Discipline of French a special issue, on sport and the media in Ireland, for the prestigious international journal, Media History, which will be published in April this year. 

Seán Crosson