Eimear Ryan: The Grass Ceiling

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Saturday 13 July 2024

1:00 pm


Bantry Library

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In The Grass Ceiling, acclaimed novelist Eimear Ryan digs deep into the confluence between gender and sport, and all the questions it throws up about identity, status, competition and self-expression. At a time when women's sport is on the rise but still a long way from equality, it is a sharp, nuanced and heartfelt exploration of questions that affect every girl – and boy – who sets out to participate in sport.

Winner of the Eason Sports Book of the Year at the 2023 An Post Irish Book Awards

Admission: Free

What is it like to be a girl, or a woman, in a male-dominated sporting world? If you play on the boys’ team, more people pay attention – but you get treated like an alien. When you switch to playing with girls and women, you have to live with a smaller audience, diminished status, and – if you’re a professional – lower pay.


And what if – as is the case for camogie player Eimear Ryan – the sport that you play has a different name for women than it does for men, despite identical rules? And what if you don’t even feel entirely comfortable in an all-female sporting environment because you’re shy, bookish, not really one of the girls?



Eimear Ryan

Eimear Ryan's writing has appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly. She is a co-founder of the literary journal Banshee and its publishing imprint, Banshee Press. Her first novel, Holding Her Breath, was...

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