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The GAA - A Global Phenomenon

GAA - A Global Phenomenon was open from June 2012 - June 2014.  The exhibition provided an overview of the history and development of the GAA overseas from 1884 to the present day.  It covered the worldwide GAA, focusing on the Association’s development in key regions - Britain, North America, Australasia, Asia, Europe and Canada. The exhibition included artefacts from the museum’s own collection and material from the GAA Archive, in addition to material from other institutions including Kerry County Museum (Tralee) and Lár na Páirce (Thurles) as well as items from various clubs and units overeas.

GAA President Liam O'Neill pictured visiting the new
exhibition which includes items from the 1888 'Invasion
Tour' of the USA by GAA athletes


The GAA has established a presence in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, reflecting the importance of the games and the Association to many Irish emigrants.    The spread of these clubs and their respective histories also reveals much about the history of Irish emigration. From hurling in Argentina to the emergence of GAA clubs in the Far East and Asia, the development of the GAA abroad is closely linked to the social and economic developments at home. With emigration yet again a feature of Irish society this exhibition,  while focusing on a historical subject, is very relevant to current affairs today.  

The exhibition provided museum visitors with an insight into the rich history of the GAA abroad. Through the use of footage, displays and illustrated wall panels, the story of the GAA's spread across the globe was told in an information and entertaining manner.