GAA Museum Grand Re-Opening
30th April 2010
2010 will herald a new era for the GAA Museum at Croke Park. Having undergone extensive renovation works since November 2009, the GAA Museum at Croke Park officially unveiled its new look.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, in the presence of Mary Hanafin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, officially re-opened the GAA Museum and welcomed the many changes and developments made to the museum. Speaking at the official opening, Mr. Cooney said, “The refurbishment of the GAA Museum is a most welcome development and will no doubt help improve what is already a superb visitor experience.”
“We are justifiably proud of this excellent facility, home as it to so many of our cherished treasures and I am confident that the work recently undertaken will further enhance a leading destination on Dublin’s tourist trail. I acknowledge the contribution of the Museum team in this work to date and wish them every best wish in the future success of what is a most important historical focal point for the Association as a whole in the months and years ahead,” he continued.
The upgrade of the GAA Museum was completed earlier this month on April 9th, following a substantial €1million investment by the Gaelic Athletic Association, and grant aid from Fáilte Ireland.
Visitors can now enjoy many new and innovative features when visiting the GAA Museum. One such addition is a distinctive club-focused wall at the main entrance; Falla na gClub, which welcomes all visitors to the Museum with an outstanding display of every GAA Club’s logo. Further renovations to the GAA Museum include a specially commissioned central display unit for the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy trophies which forms the centre piece of the museum.
Updated match footage from both clubs and county teams from around the country will be displayed on twenty new 52” plasma TV screens, whilst the upgrade of an All-Ireland Resource Centre will appeal to purists of the game.
A new Clubs database has also been created, which will add greatly to the depth of knowledge stored at the GAA Museum. Clubs can update this online at any time, thereby ensuring it accurately records their history, and most recent achievements.
The specially-designed interactive games area of the Museum has had a complete re fit. Visitors can now test their own GAA skills in hurling and gaelic football, as well as see how fast they can react, test their soloing skills and practice the high catch!
The GAA Museum, which is situated under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park, first opened its doors to visitors in September 1998. Since it’s opening, the GAA Museum has welcomed over 600,000 visitors to date. Indeed, 2009 marked a special year for the GAA Museum with over 80,000 people taking the time out to pay a visit to this unique Irish sporting monument. This marked an increase of almost 20% on visitor numbers since 2008, ensuring that the GAA Museum is one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin and Ireland.