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GAA Match at Dublin’s Croke Park

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I have a confession. Despite living within walking distance of Ireland’s famous Croke Park for most of my life, I had never been inside its gates until the other week.

I never really thought about the fact that Croke Park was a tourist attraction to visitors to Ireland. To me, Croke Park was the source of gridlock traffic during summer months, when I would impatiently will the bus cut through the hoards of supporters blocking up the streets as my usual ten minute bus journey to work stretched to twenty-five minutes.

Croke Park provided distorted background music to our teenage drinking in fields. The wind would carry Bono’s distinct voice and Westlife’s croning all the way to our ears.

Since 1884, Croke Park has been home to Gaelic sports like hurling, Gaelic football and camogie. With a capacity of 82,300, it is the third largest stadium in Europe.

Croke Park was also the place of a moment in Irish history that always stuck with me, Bloody Sunday. During the Irish War of Independence in 1920, the UK RIC, Auxiliaries and Black and Tans opened fire on the crowd at a Dublin-Tipperary match and killed 14, including the captain of the Tipperary team.

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Returning from nomad life really makes you appreciate your own country. I often catch myself getting overly enthusiastic about one of Dublin‘s many attractions that I never had time for before.

Now that I no longer work weekends, and am no longer forced to endure a Croke Park rush hour, my feelings for Croke Park have softened.

Sean is a long time Croke Park visitor. This summer, I joined him for a match. I had a great time, and I’m very glad that the next time someone asks me about Croke Park, I can answer safe in the knowledge that I have actually been inside.

Here are some photographs from one day in Croke Park, and the walk home along the canal.

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Croke Park - Canal Walk

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10 Comments

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    Nikoleta Míchalová
    September 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Not a fan of football, but this article interested me anyways.
    Thanks
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    Lauren
    September 16, 2015 at 1:23 am

    This looks like a great day! I love watching sporting events, etc. live.. so much better!
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      Christine Maguire
      September 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Yes the atmosphere is much better when it’s live in front of you!

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    Claudia
    September 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

    My sister lived about 2 blocks away from Crock Park for 3 years (she could see it from her window) and went to many concerts there. I never visited despite having been to Dublin I can’t even remember how many times. Would be fun to go 🙂
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      Christine Maguire
      September 21, 2015 at 8:24 am

      That’s so cool that your sister lived so close. It was fun and I’m glad I finally went! 😃

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    Michelle | Diagnosis:Wanderlust
    September 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Great article and I loved that you pointed out what we may overlook or take for granted right in our own backyard. We are always wanderlusting about exotic places far and away that we tend to forget about the places to explore and uncover a quick hop, skip and a jump away. Fill your time in between your epic adventures with mini adventures right in your own back yard! Great stuff!
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      Christine Maguire
      September 21, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thanks for your comment Michelle. You are so right, we often forget about what we have in our hometown! 😊

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    Conor
    September 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Hup the Dubs!! Great snaps of the match!
    Likewise I’ve only ever been to one GAA match in Croker, a few of the soccer games a few years ago. But the longer I’ve lived abroad the bigger the lure to go to games in the future!
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    Traveling Rockhopper
    September 25, 2015 at 8:31 am

    It’s a good idea to do it from to time, it’s lots of fun 🙂
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    Aodhan: Waste management
    September 4, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Reminds me of being a kid. Have not been in Croke Park in years.

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