Croke Park stadium for the unaware, is the headquarters for the Gaelic Athletic Association the overseer of Gaelic football and Hurling. The G.A.A. has more than 1 million members worldwide – most of which are Irish. At home in Ireland it is followed passionately by the whole nation. Every town and village has at least one club, but the real passion is kept for the teams of the 32 counties of the Island of Ireland.
If you are in Ireland during the summer months you’ll witness thousands of supporters in their county colours making their way to Croke Park for the big games. And I am very proud to say, you will never see a sign of trouble – only friendly slagging! It’s all about the craic! Also a surprise to visitors is that the stadium is completely mixed – no separation of supporters at all – unlike other sports!
The Museum of Croke park is open year round and is a wonderful testament to our National sport. You can just visit the museum or you can add an in depth tour of the whole stadium with a very knowledgeable guide telling you the history – good and bad – of both the stadium and the sport. There is also the Skyline tour, which brings you up onto a walkway on top of the stadium with amazing views of surrounding Dublin – not for the faint hearted!!
A visit will give you a good insight into what it means to be Irish today.