Gaelic football, Dublin
Croke Park was named in honour of Archbishop Croke - one of the GAA's first patrons. Over the next 40 years Croke Park was developed as finances allowed. The Railway End, also known as Hill 16 was constructed from the rubble left in O'Connell Street after the 1916 rising. This is where most of the craic is and the cheapest tickets. The first Hogan stand was built in 1924, the Cusack stand in 1937, the Canal End terrace in 1949 and the Nally stand in 1952. Croke Park made worldwide headlines in November 1920 when Black & Tans soldiers raided the ground, shooting indiscriminately into the crowd killing 13 during a Dublin-Tipperary football match. Croke Park is home to the Dubs - Dublin's football team in particular which has played there more than any other team. Most of Dublins 22 Championships have been won in Croke Park. In mid 1998 a Museum of G.A.A. memorabilia was opened.
Opened all year round. Mon to Sat 9.30 to 5pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays 12 noon to 5pm/ Admission is Euro 5. Students Euro 3.50. Not open to the public on match days.
Equipment: An umbrella... and a loud voice..
If you are in Dublin over the summer months in particular, you should make an effort to take in a game of Gaelic football or hurling, two uniquely Irish sports which have passionate support throughout the country.
The summer period is when the annual championships in both sports take place, and each county fields a team (though some counties are very weak in one sport or the other). The championships culminate in September and tickets are normally like gold dust, but you might find another event earlier in the summer isn't sold out.
The biggest stadium in Ireland - for any sport - is Croke Park, and that's where the highest-profile events take place. Croker, as many people know it, has been undergoing extensive renovations and it looks fabulous now.
The noise on a big match day is incredible, and even if you have no connection to the teams playing, you'll be impressed by the speed and skill on display - especially if you watch hurling, sometimes said to be the fastest field game in the world, where the small leather ball can move from one end of the field to the other in the blink of an eye.
Hurling and Gaelic football both of which are Irish sports are played here..........there is also a museum located here at the grounds dedicated to Irish sports.....
Another great Gaelic sport is the Gaelic football. It is still faster then the normal football or soccer.
Also the name suggests that the ball is only played with the feet, the players use most off the time their hands...That is Irish logic for you in giving names !!!
It is still a great game and I better praise it as I work together with one of the ex-Dublin team players. (Otherwise I will be in trouble!)
Both games Hurling and Football are played by amateurs. Also they train as hard as professionals and dedicate their life to it, they are not paid. (Suggest that to David Beckham). The players are heroes in their countys, become famous and if they are really good have maybe a few televison apperances and a book written about them...but otherwise they work and have the normal day time job.
If you like to find more out about both sports please visit www.gaa.ie
On the webside are also all the fixtures for all major matches around the country.
Croke Park in Dublin's Northside is the main stadium for Gaelic football & hurling. The finals are held in September every year. Even if there are no games on when you get to Dublin, you can visit the musuem there to learn about Ireland's national sports.
Only for the not so faint hearted, but an experience to last a lifetime! However you've really got to understand the background to savour the event in full. Hill 16 is a section of Croke Park Stadium, named either because the embankment was constructed from the rubble after the 1916 Easter Rising or simply in honour of a First World War battle in which the Dublin Fusiliers took part - the result in either case was a hastily constructed 'poor relation' of a stand where the great unwashed assembled. Whichever story you believe, for true Dubs there is no other place to watch a GAA match than from its (thankfully renovated) slopes. In fact, the 'Hill' is the lowest stand of the lot (and is due for demolition in the next few years), and to be honest it also sports the poorest 'view' of the pitch. But to us Dubs that's neither here nor there. It's ours! When the boys in blue make their all too infrequent incursions into the upper echelons of the All Ireland Football competition there is nowhere else to be. Ignore the bodies being passed head high above you, ignore the ribald and litigatious comments hurled in your direction, ignore the action down the other end of the field (as you can't see it in any case) - just savour when the Dublin players run across and genuflect before you, or when the poor referee wanders within earshot and you learn more about human anatomy in five seconds than a surgeon learns in seven years training, or when a glorious Dublin point sails through the posts before you and as you crane your neck to follow the flight of the ball you realise that you couldn't fall backwards if the winds of hell themselves were blowing in your face. This is not sport, this is a transcendental revelatory experience of the highest order and one to savour for the rest of one's tenure on this earth. Getting a ticket for this event is an altogether different challenge - we find ourselves that a combination of guile, charm, threats and thievery generally works best!