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Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 in Around Dublin, Dublin, Families, Families, Historic, History, Sports | 4 comments

Become an Expert in Irish Sport in 60 Seconds – Croke Park Game Guide

Croke Park GAA Game Guide

Download the Croke Park Game Guide to learn more about Gaelic Games

Although I’ve been watching the Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football for years, I still rely on my Irish neighbors to explain the rules during every match. Like any sport, there’s more to it than scoring a goal… and each game seems to bring in to focus a different rule.

My visit to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Museum at Dublin’s Croke Park filled in many of the gaps of what I know about the games, but more importantly, it displayed the cultural identity these sports offer the Irish.

Croke Park offers a Downloadable Game Guide  that gives info about the stadium and a quick overview of the games.

You can learn more about Croke Park and the GAA in our interview with Julie Manahan – The Thrill of the Gaelic Games at Croke Park.

And here’s a video clip to help you Feel the Buzz of Croke Park:

 

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4 Comments

  1. Brilliant sport! Everyone should try to see at least one match – here or there. Or give it a try yourself… again, here or there!

    • Agreed! It’s a great time.

  2. This is great…now if we could just get something that explains the GAA Football Championship process I would be happy! I always find the championship exciting, but the process a bit confusing!

  3. The championship was fairly straightforward until a few years ago in both hurling and football. There are four provinces in Ireland (Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Leinster), and a winner emerged from each, who then progressed to the All Ireland semi finals.

    In recent years there are qualifiers involved. In Gaelic Football, those counties (16) who lose in the first round of their provincial championship play in the qualifying first round. The teams (8) who lose in the provinical championship second round, play the 8 winners of the first round qualifiers.

    Eventually, there will be four provincial winners and four remaining qualifying teams, who meet at the quarter final stage. After that, its the semi finals and final.

    The hurling is similar, but a little more confusing, with a few more qualifying rounds involved.

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