Croke Park is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year, for fans and non-fans alike. Much more than the country’s largest stadium, Croke Park is woven into the national identity and is the proud HQ of the world’s largest amateur sporting association: just one of the facts to be learned while fulfilling your Croke Park bucket list challenge
A history of sporting prowess
The GAA Museum is challenging families to conquer the Croke Park Bucket List Challenge by taking part in some of the most memorable visitor experiences at the iconic home of the GAA.
Croke Park is the perfect family activity, featuring a trio of award-winning visitor experiences – the Croke ParkStadium Tour, the Ericsson Skyline Tour and the GAA Museum itself.
The bucket list challenge:
1. Find your club on the Club Wall
The first thing you see when you arrive in front of the GAA Museum under the Cusack stand is the Club Wall. This display features the crest of every GAA club in Ireland (more than 2,500!) Can you find your local club?
2. Run through the Players' Tunnel to the sounds of roaring crowds
Does your child dream of being the next GAA All-Star? Give them a taste of how it might feel as they make the thrilling run through the iconic Players' Tunnel on the Croke Park Stadium Tour to the sounds of roaring crowds, picturing thousands of passionate fans cheering them on.
3. Replicate the All-Ireland Final cup lift with Liam and Sam
Experience the thrill of a GAA All-Ireland Senior Championship crowning moment and have your photo taken holding a replica of the Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire cups high above your head on the famous trophy presentation area in the Hogan Stand. The exciting moment can be followed with the chance to see the original Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cups up close in the GAA Museum.
4. Get a pitch-side selfie wearing your county or club colours
If your family is GAA mad, then you simply cannot miss the opportunity to dress up in your club or county colours and get a selfie to beat all selfies beside the perfectly manicured Croke Park pitch!
5. Find your county jersey in the team dressing-rooms
During the Stadium Tour, you’ll get behind-the-scenes access to areas normally reserved for players and officials, like the team dressing-rooms. See where the players and management tog out in preparation for match day and share in that pre-match sensation of nervous excitement. All the county jerseys are on display, so nab a spot next to yours!
6. Guess how many balls are in the Players’ Lounge chandelier
On the access-all-areas Stadium Tour, your family will get to view the Players’ Lounge, where both teams go to unwind and celebrate (or commiserate) after the All-Ireland with their families. The challenge here is to guess how many footballs and sliotars are in the magnificent Waterford crystal chandelier. Will your kids guess correctly? The LED lights can change colour depending on the teams participating, so you might be lucky enough to see your county colours on display!
7. Experience life as a GAA commentator
Step into the shoes of Marty Morrissey or Joanne Cantwell as you take a seat in the GAAmedia centre on Level 7, where the sports journalists take up residence on match day. Your family will hear some fascinating media insights from your guide and you’ll get to experience the ultimate bird’s eye view of the stadium! Budding pundits will enjoy the GAA Museum’s exhibition Tuning In – From Wireless to WiFi, which looks at the history of the games broadcast on the national airwaves.
8. Test your hurling and football skills! In the GAA Museum’s Interactive Games Zone
You can see if you have what it takes to make it into the Hall of Fame in the future. See how fast you can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!
9. See Dublin from 17 stories high!
The Ericsson Skyline Tour is a thrilling rooftop walkway tour on top of Croke Park. This alternative guided tour of Dublin brings to life stories of the capital’s most famous landmarks from this unique panoramic vantage point! Hold your nerve as you step out onto the cantilevered walkway which is suspended over the pitch itself? There is also a free augmented reality app– at each viewing point, use your smartphone to watch the iconic landmarks spring to life.
For more information on tours times and booking, visit crokepark.ie/gaamuseum