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Previous Exhibitions

In conjunction with 125 celebrations the GAA Museum unveiled a photographic exhibition featuring historic GAA events, great teams and unrivalled individuals.

The exhibition opened in July 2009 and featured 50 photographs including several enhanced archival images which had never before been on public display. The earliest photograph on display featured the Trinity College Hurling team of 1879, pictured outside the Trinity College Exam Hall three years before the GAA was founded. Other notable images included a magnificent one of Michael Collins, Harry Boland and GAA Secretary Luke O'Toole before a hurling game in Croke Park in 1921.

A number of significant events held in Croke Park over the last century were featured, including the 1924 Rodeo, the 1928 Tailteann Games, Muhammed Ali's famous fight against Al Blue Lewis and the more recent Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2003 and also the U2 concert in 2005.

Great teams of the past and present were included - to the forefront was a team photograph of the Irish Invasion team which represented the GAA during a trip to the United States in 1888, also featured were action shots of Dublin and Armagh players during the fantastic 1977 All-Ireland Football Final.Present day teams also featured; Portumna's Damien Hayes is captured celebrating a goal in the 2009 All-Ireland Ireland Club Championship Final and Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh is also pictured in action earlier in 2009.

All aspects of the organisation featured including, football, hurling, ladies football and camogie. The Mullaghbhan Ceili group playing at half time during the 2009 club final and action shots of the All-Ireland Handball Doubles Finals of 2008 are key aspects of the Exhibition.

A unique feature of the Exhibition is the opportunity for visitors to buy a piece of GAA History as certain images are on sale.

The exhibition closed in March 2010 although images from the exhibition are still available to purchase.