The Croke Park Museum and Bord Gáis Energy are switching to virtual mode this summer to create a Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Virtual Tour Series.
Over the summer months a host of Gaelic Games legends will be reliving some of their proudest sporting moments in conversation with the team at the GAA Museum.
The virtual tour series begins this Wednesday, June 17th with Clare legend Jamesie O’Connor and a new tour will then be released each Wednesday thereafter, through to the 5th of August.
Others lined up to appear include Eoin Kelly of Tipperary, Dara O’Cineide from Kerry, Rena Buckley from Cork, Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton from Antrim, Joe Connolly from Galway, Stefan White from Louth and Steven McDonnell from Armagh.
The GAA Museum is closed until June 29th and with restrictions on gatherings still in place, the decision was taken to move the Legends Series online.
The players will be interviewed by a GAA Museum tour guide about their career, giving people a tour through their earliest memories of playing Gaelic Games, lining out for club and county, their heroes and their Croke Park memories, with the public able to watch online.
“We’re proud of our 12-year partnership with the GAA and delighted to launch the 2020 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tour series in a new online format,” said Bord Gais Energy Director of Retail Colin Bebbington.
“During these unprecedented times we hope that with these special tours, GAA fans will enjoy the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes as the Legends reflect on their career and share personal memories and anecdotes of playing big match days with club and county in Croke Park.”
“With GAA fans having to do without the games they love so much for the past few months we really think that our legends tours will whet the appetite of all those supporters who are anxiously waiting for the return of the Championship.”
“The Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Tours are always a highlight of our summer season at the GAA Museum,” added Museum Director Niamh McCoy.
“Our visitors get a chance to really get under the skin of GAA greats and hear about life behind-the-scenes on big match days at Croke Park.”
“This year, by moving the tours online we’re bringing this unique experience to a wider audience and we hope the magic of these player memories will be felt by GAA fans around the country and beyond.”
“The GAA Museum team constantly work to bring a living history of Gaelic Games to our visitors, and this partnership with Bord Gáis Energy has allowed us to continue to do that, even during these challenging times.”
The series will be viewable on Bord Gáis Energy’s Rewards Club webpage bordgaisenergy.ie/my-rewards, on the official GAA website gaa.ie and on crokepark.ie/legends.
It promises to be a real winner for a potentially much larger audience than would ever have been able to make it on person and is an initiative that will likely survive the return to more normal summers in years to come.
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