Sports Journeys: Gaelic Athletic Association Museum And Croke Park Tour
While on a holiday to the Republic of ireland I had found myself with some spare time. And as a true sports fan, I love a good stadium tour. In Dublin you can mix a stadium tour with a museum that chronicles a truly Irish sporting experience.
The Gaelic Athletic Association Museum And Croke Park is located north of downtown Dublin in the Drumcondra neighborhood. On the day we went to the museum it was pretty tough to get to it as the stadium was in preparation for a massive series of concerts from Taylor Swift. The amount of forklifts and trucks was pretty staggering. I would recommend checking the event calendar for Croke, and if a concert is happening to call ahead and see what the museum recommends in terms of access.
First up was a tour of Croke Park, as well as learning about the Gaelic Athletic Association events held at the stadium. Gaelic football, Hurling and Camogie are Gaelic games played in Ireland under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
Croke Park has been the site of sporting events since 1891 and has a capacity of 82,300,making it the third largest stadium in Europe. The amount of incredible events held here, especially All-Ireland Finals, is amazing. Croke is also where during the Irish War of Independence in 1920, 13 spectators and one player were killed during a Dublin-Tipperary Gaelic football match as part of the Bloody Sunday events.
Besides having such a large seating capacity, Croke has a very large playing field, as Gaelic sports have special requirements needing a lots of space. The size of the pitch is astounding to witness.
One of the most interesting parts of the stadium was the Player’s Lounge. The athletes who play at this facility are mainly amateurs, so getting to enjoy a pint with their team and competitors after a match is a great part of the playing experience. The lounge has an amazing chandelier that changes colors based on the teams playing that day.
After a tour of nearly all parts of the massive stadium it was time to take a look around the museum. This museum celebrates the history of Ireland’s national games, as well as the sports effects on Ireland’s cultural, social and sporting heritage. You will see the Gaelic Hall of Fame and a place where you can test your hurling and Gaelic football skills.
Admission is €7 for Adults, €6 for Students/Seniors, and €5 for Children. There are also family pricing available. There are also Skyline Tours available, where visitors get to walk on the actual rooftop of the stadium, harnessed in with safety equipment, for an amazing view of the Dublin cityscape.
The Gaelic Athletic Association Museum And Croke Park Tour is a worth a stop for almost any visitor.
- Gaelic Athletic Association Museum And Croke Park Tour
- Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland
- Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
- There are adjusted schedule on Match Days. Please contact the museum as needed.