By Kieran ShannonPaul Rouse is an accidental academic, but a fascination with history deepened into a passion when it merged with his love of sport. His new book, ‘The Hurlers’, charts the birth of the modern game in that first All-Ireland final 131 years ago. He marvels at what a few visionary hurling men gave the country, but can’t help think that hurling has since failed at least half that countryOh, a storm is threat’ningMy very life todayIf I don’t get some shelterOh yeah, I’m gonna fade awayWar, children, it’s just a shot awayIt’s just a shot awayThe Rolling Stones, Gimme ShelterOF all the modules in all the courses in all the colleges in Ireland, Paul Rouse probably offers and teaches the most fascinating of the lot.Every Monday at four o’clock, 20 first-year students will convene with him in a small room on the fifth floor of the library in UCD and take a class on the History of Muhammad Ali.It’s all in there. They’re all in there. From MLK, Malcolm X and LBJ to LeBron, Kaepernick and Trump today; Black Power to Black Lives Matter; I’m Gonna Dance to Yes We Can and I Can’t Breathe. It’s America. It’s… Read full this story
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