A summer weekend might feel empty without regular trips to Croke Park but at least one part of the operation is open for business this summer with the GAA Museum joining others in that sector by opening to the public this week.
The Stadium and Skyline Tours are also open and a boost for the plea from medical experts to focus on holidaying at home this season.
The Museum is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in Gaelic Games or in the history of the state. Both are interwoven and there are excellent display of memorabilia including shirts worn on Bloody Sunday, equipment dating back before the formation of the GAA, recordings of great moments of the past and the trophies themselves.
It is everything a sporting museum should be and more, with an opportunity to test the speed of your strike in football or hurling as well.
“For now, games at Croke Park may be on hold but you can still make your summer pilgrimage to the stadium by joining one of our award-winning tours,” said Museum Director Niamh McCoy.
“The health and safety of our staff and visitors is an absolute priority. We have therefore implemented a range of new safety and hygiene practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out for everyone.”
“We’re operating to the Government’s guidelines for Covid-19, with hand sanitising stations, queuing systems and contactless payment. We have also reduced the numbers on our tours to make social distancing easy at all times – in July our tours will be running at 25% capacity.”
“Admission will be five minutes before tour times, so we’re asking people not to arrive too early as they will have to wait outside in a socially distanced queue. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate late arrivals.”
“Our Blackthorn Café is also only operating a takeaway service, and we’re encouraging people to wear face masks if they are comfortable doing so.”
It is now essential to book in advance online and walks ups will not be accepted. The Stadium Tour has been shortened and the price has been reduced by 30 per cent through July.
If you’ve never been it should be top of your summer list. If you’ve been before, it is worth a return.
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