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Go behind the scenes at the famous stadium, and hit the Interactive Games Zone to test your own hurling and football skills!

Summer Solstice Spectacular!

GAA Museum at Croke Park to host unique family friendly evening
of drama, music and pageantry on 22 June to celebrate Midsummer

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The GAA Museum at Croke Park is celebrating the ancient tradition of Summer Solstice with a truly enchanting family-friendly evening and Celtic-themed live performance on June 22.

The exciting and interactive family event will include plenty of dance, drama, storytelling, traditional games and audience participation in a mind-blowing hour-long spectacle with the famous 'Armagh Rhymers', one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles.

The performers will wear colourful costumes drawing on historic and traditional inspirations like the Wren boys and perform with a unique style known as the rhyming tradition, emulating what they call ‘theatre of the people’, as would have been enjoyed in olden days of dancing at the crossroads and house visiting entertainers.

Speaking ahead of the Summer Solstice celebration, Niamh McCoy, Director of the GAA Museum, said, “There is no better place to celebrate a traditional Celtic occasion like the Summer Solstice than Croke Park, a place where Irish traditions of the past and present are curated and kept vibrant. We are thrilled to welcome the Armagh Rhymers, who I know are very much in demand on the international festival scene and can't wait to see the reactions on the faces young and old when they perform.”

The Armagh Rhymers will do two performances at the GAA Museum on the 22nd of June, one at 6pm and one at 8pm. In addition to the performance your ticket will also include Croke Park pitch viewings with GAA Museum tour guides, access to the GAA Museum and Interactive Games Zone, as well as Celtic activities in Cú Chulainn’s Den – the museum’s dedicated children’s arts and crafts studio. Advance online booking is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are priced as follows: Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): €50, Adult: €16, Student / senior (with ID): €14, Child (U16): €12, Under 3s: Free

See www.crokepark.ie/midsummer for booking and more information.

Now in its 20th year the GAA Museum at the iconic stadium venue will host this special Summer Solstice Event as part of a wider calendar of events marking their anniversary celebrations throughout the Summer and Autumn. For more on this programme of events see www.crokepark.ie/gaamuseum20

The GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour are listed as two of the top 10 things to do in Dublin on Trip Advisor. Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years, so it really is a must for every Irish family.
For more see www.crokepark.ie/juniorexplorer

Tour prices
Adult: €14
Children (ages 3 – 12): €9
Under 3 years: Free of charge
Students / seniors: €11
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €38
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €40


A heart-warming day out with the family

The GAA is at the heart of every community in Ireland and it’s true to say that it represents our way of life as much as our love of sport. It’s completely embedded in our DNA – it’s what we love and it’s what we do. So if you’re looking for a memorable day out with the family, why not head to Croke Park and have fun exploring the GAA’s heart and home?

There’s so much to see and do here and the Tour Guides really are the best in the world – full of passion, charisma and memorable stories. Everyone who visits comments on just how good they are. The bonus effect of this is that the kids will leave understanding more about who we are as a people – without feeling like they’ve had any lessons!

First up, there’s the Croke Park Stadium Tour ...

... your backstage pass to all the behind-the-scenes action and secrets. Did you know that Croke Park is actually the third largest stadium in Europe? Its size is only part of its greatness, however, as you’ll discover on this eye-opening guided tour. From quirky insights into why Croke Park’s grass is always greener to learning about defining moments in Irish history, you’re sure to feel inspired. You’ll each have your own best bits, but some of the highlights include taking a seat in the VIP area, getting a birds-eye view from the media centre, sneaking a peek inside the dressing room, and of course, walking in the footsteps of legends as you go pitchside through the players’ tunnel!

The most spine-tingling part of your day will be your visit to the GAA Museum.

This really is the heart and soul of the whole experience, taking you through the completely unique story of Gaelic games from ancient times to present day. Featured exhibitions include the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, the rousing Hall of Fame, and a whole floor dedicated to the games as they are today. There’s even a Junior Explorer’s route, which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions for younger visitors. When you’re done exploring, get a taste of the action in the extremely popular Interactive Games Zone, where you can put your own hurling and football skills to the test!

Depending on the age of your kids (they need to be at least 1.2 metres tall), you could finish the day on a 17-storey high with the thrilling rooftop walkway that is Croke Park’s Ericcson Skyline Tour.

This is actually Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform and offers breathtaking views of our vibrant capital from the mountains to the sea. The Tour Guides will highlight the city’s main landmarks for you, while giving you insights into its heartfelt history, including some very amusing tall tales! Then of course there’s the sporting highlight – the incredible view from the platform that’s suspended over the pitch itself!

Maybe you’ll want to pack all three attractions into one day, or maybe you’d prefer to cherry pick the bits that appeal to you most. Either way, if you make the trip to Croke Park, you’re guaranteed an experience that’s so full of heart, you’ll leave a little bit of your own behind. Have fun!

For more information, including tour times, prices and directions to the GAA Museum CLICK HERE

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