Refurbished GAA Museum at Croke Park opened

Hall of Fame, modern galleries and interactive exhibits new to museum

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny trys his skill against GAA President Liam O Neill at the Official opening of the GAA Museum in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny trys his skill against GAA President Liam O Neill at the Official opening of the GAA Museum in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fri, May 17, 2013, 17:40

The newly refurbished GAA museum at Croke part was officially unveiled by Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The museum now includes a Hall of Fame, a gallery of modern sporting heroes and eight interactive exhibits following completion of the final phase of renovation.

The museum still includes the original Liam MacCarthy cup and Sam Maguire cup, a ticket and referee’s whistle from Bloody Sunday and a pair of’s shorts and gloves.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Kenny said GAA has a special place it Irish society.“ The GAA Museum at Croke Park provides a marvellous insight into the unique place the Association has in our country, in every county and in every parish,” he said.

Refurbished GAA museum at Croke park launched

Refurbished GAA museum at Croke park launched

“The museum clearly illustrates how deeply ingrained the GAA is in our social fabric as well as performing a vital role in curating historical material.

“I want to thank and pay tribute to the GAA who are contributing significantly to the overall Gathering initiative this year and these gatherings may well develop into annual traditions or create lasting connections with other parts of the world.”

Goalkeeper of the ’Hurling Team of the Century’ and ’Huring Team of the Millennium’ Tony Reddin was guest of honour at the event. The former Tipperary hurler (93) said he was delighted to take part in the launch.

GAA President Liam O’Neill said the museum will attract international tourists, as well as domestic visitors. “For many, a visit to the GAA Museum is a living realisation of their life’s passion. For others, it is a reminder of the GAA’s momentous role in Ireland’s sport, culture, politics and society.”

Following the launch, Mr Kenny was presented with an original match programme from a football game in which his late father Henry Kenny had played .