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"Croke Park" Croke Park Tip by Ruai

Croke Park, Dublin: 5 reviews and 13 photos


Croke Park, named after ArchBishop Croke the first patron of the Gaelic Athletic Association, is the finest stadium in Ireland and a place of pilgrimage for followers of gaelic games, by far the most popular sports in Ireland. The GAA is the largest sports organisation in Ireland and if you really want to get a sense of the heart of Ireland get yourself a ticket to a semi-final or final of the hurling or football competition. A wall of sound and naked tribal emotions (though in a completely safe environment) will be your award. 80,000 people can make a lot of noise (in the old days it was 120,000 but modern safety requirements have reduced the capacity and made finals tickets prized possessions!)

There is also a fine museum of the game which in a way illuminates the history of independent Ireland, as the GAA in former days was a major recruiting ground for those working for irish independence. In a famous incident during the war of independence, a match was interrupted in Croke Park when British forces surrounded the ground and opened fire on spectators and fans in reprisal for Irish attacks on crown forces (Bloody Sunday)

Address: Jones' Road, Dublin 3
Directions: Walk north from the city centre - just follow the crowd on match day
Phone: +00 353 (0)1 819 2300

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2007
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