‘Red Reminiscences’ Shelbourne FC is an initiative of Dublin City Library and Archive. The project was launched on 11 May 2011 by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen

By interviewing both fans and players, the oral history aims to extend the history of Shelbourne FC beyond the traditional perspective of events on the pitch and to show the inter-relationship between sport, culture and everyday life in Dublin.  The oral history records the impressions and emotions attached to the activity of playing for and supporting Shelbourne FC, as well as details of the playing pitches, players, managers, and traditions of a by-gone era.  These memories will be preserved at Dublin City Library and Archive, and made accessible to historians and future generations to come.

Nine interviews were carried out by Marc Redmond in March and April 2011. The transcriptions and audio recordings are available to researchers at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 and also can be downloaded from this website.

Individuals interested in participating in the project are asked to submit their story directly to the “Dublin City Sports Archive” website using the online form or email cityarchives@dublincity.ie


Transcriptions (of audio recordings) were carried out by Equip Business Solutions and edited by Ellen Murphy and Gillian Colton following transcription guidelines in “Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques” (Galway County Council, 2006). As far as possible the interviews have been transcribed without editing – however the repetition of some words and use of filler expressions such as ‘um’, ‘ah’ have been omitted from the published transcripts and audio downloads.  Laughter and silence have been indicated as (laughs), and (pause). Notes inserted during editing of transcripts are recorded in square brackets [].


With thanks to Paul Byrne,  Maurice Frazer,  Dr Máire Kennedy, Marc Redmond,  Chris Sands, Shelbourne FC,  and all of the interviewees.

Further Information

Dublin City Archives, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2


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