2010 Croke Park Annual Launched

6th December 2010

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The 8th edition of the Croke Park annual once again reflects upon great sporting moments which took place in Croke Park throughout the year.

It is a wonderful catalogue of memories from a remarkable GAA year, brought to life by some the countries leading GAA journalists who examine, in rich detail, some of those key moments. It is fitting that Mícheál O’Muircheartaigh should adorn the front cover of this year’s Annual. The broadcasting legend, ‘The Voice of the GAA’ for decades, could easily recall each and every game detailed in the annual.  Mícheál’s retirement from broadcast commentary was one of the most significant events to occur within the GAA in 2010, and there were many; which the Croke Park Annual reviews throughout.

The ‘Tipp Tormentor’, Lar Corbett’s hat-rick devastated Kilkenny’s drive for five and sealed All-Ireland glory for the Premier; Cork’s footballers triumphed over the traditional dichotomy of dominance in Rebel County GAA; the International rules returned in rude good health.

It was a year when not a single provincial football champion made it to the All-Ireland semi-finals, raising debate about the equity of the back door system, which Colm Keyes assesses.

Each of the articles in the annual are fantastically illustrated by imagery from sports photographers Sportsfile, who have brilliantly captured the emotion and passion which unfolded on the hallowed pitch at Croke Park.

It was also a year which marked the introduction of barriers surrounding Hill 16 spelling an invasion free All-Ireland at the referee’s final whistle. The GAA Museum at Croke Park unveiled a new look following extensive renovations and the unveiling of Falla na gClub at the entrance to the Museum which displays the crest of GAA clubs from home and abroad.

“It’s been a great year in Croke Park, which bore witness to two thrilling All-Ireland Finals, the revival of the International Rules Series and the renovation at the Museum to name but a few events” said Stadium Director, Peter McKenna “Only when you see the catalogue of events which have taken place documented and carefully illustrated, as the annual has brilliantly done, can you really appreciate the extent of the year gone by.”

The annual is on sale in the GAA Museum and in bookstores and newsagents nationwide.