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Shane Ryan checks out a GAA Museum School Tour

Shane Ryan checks out a GAA Museum School Tour

24th March 2010

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GAA Museum, Thursday 18th March 2010: Dublin hurling star, and school teacher, Shane Ryan, was in the GAA Museum earlier today checking out the GAA Museum and Croke Park for a School Tour.

The Naomh Mearnog club man and Artane primary school teacher visited the GAA Museum with a number of children from the locality to check out their new Legends Wall and their CĂș Chulainn Warriors and Hurlers Workshop for his class trip.

Although no stranger to Croke Park, Ryan was especially impressed with how the Stadium Tour was both fun and highly educational. A behind-the-scenes guided tour follows in the footsteps of GAA players on All-Ireland day visiting the dressing room, warm-up area, players tunnel, pitch side all the while exploring the history and heritage of gaelic games and of the stadium itself.

Whilst in the GAA Museum, Ryan, who recently switched codes from football to hurling for Dublin, recalled his previous pursuits for the blue and navy, but for now, he is looking forward to the upcoming league match between the Dublin hurlers and their Kilkenny counterparts at the weekend.

Speaking at the GAA Museum earlier today, Shane Ryan said, “I’ve always loved coming to Croke Park, be it as a player or a spectator, and it’s great to be able to come along to the GAA Museum in the stadium. Not only do you get a better picture of the full history of the association, and Gaelic Games, but you also can appreciate the great games and great occasions that have been held in this wonderful arena down through the years.

Over the past decade, the GAA Museum has developed into one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Hands on history workshops, guided tours and interactive areas offer students the chance to learn all about the birth and growth of the GAA at home and abroad and its unique role in the national movement and cultural revival in Ireland.

The GAA Museum is currently undergoing a facelift, and next month will unveil a more interactive and insightful offering to the overall Croke Park Experience. In the meantime, the GAA Museum is still open to visitors.

Primary and Secondary School Teachers who are interested in booking a tour for their class can contact the Museum at 01-819 2323, or e-mail gaamuseum@crokepark.ie

For further information see: www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum