With a presence in every community throughout Ireland, the GAA permeates Irish life like no other organisation or movement. Through its exhibitions, the GAA Museum offers a unique insight into Irish life and provides a rich experience that extends beyond sport.

At the GAA Museum, the exhibition galleries extend across two floors and include permanent and temporary exhibitions. Highlights of the museum’s permanent exhibition include the official GAA Hall of Fame and the Treasury of Trophies. The current temporary exhibition is called Imreoir to Bainisteoir and it runs until May 2018.

Read about some of our past exhibitions.

Imreoir to Bainisteoir

New exhibition at the GAA Museum

The GAA Museum is delighted to introduce details of its latest exhibition.  

Opened on 4th May, Imreoir to Bainisteoir celebrates players who have won All-Ireland's as both players and managers.

Few GAA players win All-Ireland medals and even fewer go on to repeat the feat as a team manager. A new exhibition at the GAA Museum celebrates this unique club of players. Imreoir to Bainisteoir features memorabilia, film footage and imagery from the 30 players who have achieved All-Ireland success both on the field and from the sidelines.

The exhibition, housed in the GAA Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, will run from May 2017 until May 2018. Admission is included with every stadium tour or Ericsson Skyline Tour ticket. On match days, patrons attending a game in Croke Park can enjoy free admission to the GAA Museum.

GAA Hall of Fame

The museum is home to the official GAA Hall of Fame, which celebrates former players who have made a unique and exceptional contribution to hurling and football. Offaly's Tony McTague and Limerick's Eamonn Cregan became the first players inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame in 2013, along with the hurling and football Teams of the Millennium.  In April 2014, four more former greats of hurling and Gaelic football were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer and Sligo's Miche├íl Kearins were the football inductees, while Waterford's Pat McGrath and Kilkenny's Noel Skehan were named as the hurling inductees.
View GAA Hall of Fame Photos

Treasury of Trophies

The museum is home to the most iconic trophies in Irish sporting life – the Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy Cups – awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland football and All-Ireland hurling championships.

The original trophies now reside permanently in The GAA Museum as the centrepieces of a magnificent trophy display that is the focal point of the museum’s ground-floor exhibition gallery. This display includes the original Sigerson & Fitzgibbon Cups, as well as the original Croke Cup and Bob O’Keeffe Cup.

Sam Maguire Cup

The Sam Maguire Cup is awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. The cup was wrought by Hopkins and Hopkins of Dublin to the design of the early Christian Ardagh Chalice and named after Cork man, Sam Maguire, who was instrumental in the GAA scene in London at the turn of the 20th century. Kildare was the first county to win the cup in 1928. The cup was last presented in 1987 to Meath captain, Mick Lyons, before it was retired. A replica of the cup was introduced in 1988 and presented to that year’s All-Ireland Football champions, Meath. This replica is awarded annually to the All-Ireland Football champions while the original Sam Maguire Cup resides permanently in the GAA Museum.


Liam MacCarthy Cup 

The Liam MacCarthy Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The cup was wrought by Edmund Johnson Jewellers of Grafton Street and is modelled on a medieval drinking mether. The cup was named in honour of Liam MacCarthy, a former president of the London Board of the GAA who commissioned the trophy. The cup was first presented in 1923 to Limerick after defeating Dublin in the delayed 1921 All-Ireland Hurling Final. A replica of the cup was introduced in 1992 and presented to that year’s hurling champions, Kilkenny. This replica is awarded annually to the All-Ireland hurling champions while the original Liam MacCarthy Cup resides in the GAA Museum.

Past Temporary Exhibitions

We've had many interesting exhibitions on show over the years including; Hair Hurling Balls:  Earliest Artefacts of our National Game, GAA – A Global Phenomenon, Dermot Earley – Leader & Legend and the Fighting Irishmen Exhibition.

More about our past exhibitions