Last October, I attended a meeting at Croke Park and at the end we were given a private tour we were able to visit the field, locker room but we didn’t get to visit the Museum.
When I saw that Heritage Ireland week was offering FREE tours of the stadium and museum, I booked the four of us in as I knew the kids would LOVE it.
Today’s tour was a bit different in that it was longer and more in-depth with a lot more history about the game, players and stadium. Amazing that here in little Dublin, we have the THIRD largest stadium in Europe – holding 84,000!!
Upstairs in the Museum, as with all sports museums, it was filled with banners, flags, clothing, stories, plaques, trophies and memorabilia from past players of hurling and football.
They also had a section dedicated to the Olympics – and it in was the gold medal, won by Katie Taylor (who is from Bray) in London 2012 and Marathoner, John Treacy’s Silver from Los Angeles 1984 games.
Maebh and I are obsessed with Nesting Dolls, we personally found this our favorite thing of the entire day!
And to finish the day, they both got a pencil from the gift shop and got a penny souvenir which they cranked. Soren chose Croke Park and Maebh the Sam Maguire Trophy. They loved it and would love to return again.