The Grass Ceiling | Paperback | By Eimear Ryan

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  • Grass Ceiling
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Eimear Ryan
  • Publisher: Sandycove
  • Publication date: 04 May 2023
  • Category: Sports, Memoirs, GAA, Women in Sport
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.6cm
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Grass Ceiling by Eimear Ryan


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?

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.

About the Author

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 shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and for the John McGahern Prize. Her debut non fiction book, The Grass Ceiling, explores women's experiences in the sporting world. A native of Co. Tipperary, Eimear now lives in Cork city.


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