GAA & the All Ireland Final
Ireland is a nation proud of their sporting achievements and infrastructure. The Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and reflects the country’s love for sport. Although the GAA are responsible for promoting many Irish sports, two of the most important sports are hurling and Gaelic football. The attendance at the All Ireland Final is proof of this.
What is Gaelic football?Gaelic football is a field sport. It’s a combination of football, rugby and possibly even basketball. The goal posts are similar to those of a rugby pitch and the ball is like a football, only heavier and harder. The object of the game is to kick or punch the ball into the net for three points, or over the crossbar for one point.
Gaelic football is the most popular sporting pastime in Ireland and is played in all 26 Irish counties. Gaelic football attracts more spectators than any other sport in Ireland.
Visit Croke ParkThe Gaelic football tournament comes to a head at the end of September each year when the All Ireland Football Final is held in Dublin’s Croke Park. The stadium is owned by the GAA and has a crowd capacity of over 80,000. The All Ireland Final is always a sell-out.
If you would like to learn more about Gaelic football during your stay, Croke Park has a fascinating on-site museum. You can also take a tour of the stadium. Be sure to book ahead online to avoid disappointment.
To find out how to reach Croke Park from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin, just ask one of our friendly concierges.