September 17, 2007
GAA Museum (Gaelic Athletic Association Museum) is located in the Croke Park, where GAA games are played. It was established in 1998 to commemorate, recognize and celebrate the GAA’s contribution to Irish sports, culture and social life since its foundation in 1884.
I love GAA sports, especially the Hurling, and GAA museum was one of the places in Dublin that I really wanted to visit. The museum is in the Croke Park building, which is outside the city center area. I took a taxi from the city center. It was about 10 min. ride. (It’d take much longer on the day with games.)
Inside the museum (fee), different artifacts of the Gaelic sports are displayed with the information. As everything else in Ireland, the history of Gaelic sports cannot be told without mentioning the history of Ireland, and I found myself reading every panels and watching videos, etc. There are some interactive displays, and an area where you can try hitting hurling ball to score some goals. It’s an interesting place for children, as well as for adults.
Since “Bloody Sunday” on Novembe 21, 1920 during the match between Tipperary and Dublin, all non-Irish sports had been banned to play at the Croke Park. But in 2007, 6 Nations Rugby game was allowed to play at the park, and Ireland vs England match was played without any incidents.
GAA Museum: http://museum.gaa.ie/