The GAA Museum at Croke Park is used to telling history but on Sunday it made a little piece of its own by hosting the largest ever hurling lesson on the pitch, under the lights at Croke Park.
It was all part of a celebration of the GAA Museum turning 20 years old this year.
The record saw 1,772 children and their coaches from clubs across the country run through a set of drills under the watchful eye of Guinness World Record adjudicator Paulina Sapinska who travelled from London to adjudicate the event.
The 40 clubs who participated had to meet strict rules laid out by Guinness World Records. This included providing coaching certs for all mentors, taking part in the lesson non-stop for 30 minutes, accurately sticking to an approved lesson plan and having an independent steward observing every 50 participants.
The session was led by GAA Hurling Development Officer Martin Fogarty and was certainly a little different from squeezing in the last few minutes under natural light on pitches as would have been the case for the children the previous week.
“We are truly delighted to be Official Guinness World Record holders and our World Record Certificate will be proudly displayed here in the museum,” said GAA Museum Director Niamh McCoy.
“A huge amount of work went into this magical event and we’d like to thank all our Croke Park colleagues including our Operations Team, Community and Health and Games Development Departments, pitch team, matchday stewards and our catering partners Aramark who all helped us smash the record.”
“The most amazing part of the night was the sight of children wearing their club jerseys and representing all four provinces running onto the pitch under floodlights. We hope they all enjoyed the evening and made some special memories here at Croke Park.”
“It was the perfect way to complete our 20th birthday celebrations and we’d like to sincerely thank all the clubs for making the effort to join us and become record breakers.”
The successful Guinness World Record event is the culmination of a summer of celebration at the GAA Museum as it marks 20 years since opening under the Cusack Stand. A special exhibition ‘GAA Museum 20’ remains open to the public and looks back over the changes in Gaelic games since 1998.
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