Chinese VP visits Croke Park

20th February 2012

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Xi Jingping, the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, visited Croke Park on the second day of his visit to Ireland.

Mr Xi was greeted at GAA Headquarters by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana and Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Ó Dufaigh.

He was treated to a demonstration of Gaelic Games, Gaelic football and hurling, on the Croke Park pitch by children from Round Towers, Clondalkin and Whitehall Colmcilles GAA clubs.

Mr Xi was given a tour of the stadium and was shown the original Liam MacCarthy Cup, which is presented to the winners of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship.

He also met with four stars of the senior inter-county game - footballers Colm O’Neill from Cork and Armagh’s Steven McDonnell, Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins and recently-retired Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan.

Cummins, an All-Ireland winner in 2001 and 2010, demonstrated his skill by sending over a spectacular point from more than half-way out the Croke Park pitch.

Mr Xi even tried his hand at hurling under the watchful eye of Cummins.

Click here to watch a video of his visit.