Past Temporary Exhibitions

Celebrating 20 Years - May 2018 - May 2019

The Celebrating 20 Years exhibition celebrated all that has happened in the world of Gaelic Games and at Croke Park since the GAA Museum launched twenty years ago.

So cast your mind back twenty years and enjoy a curated look at the evolution of our games and our national stadium in this dedicated exhibition space on the Museum’s ground floor..

The exhibition, housed in the GAA Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, ran from May 2018 until May 2019. 

Imreoir to Bainisteoir - May 2017 - May 2018

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, ran from May 2017 until May 2018. 

Ireland's Olympians

May 2016 - April 2017

Opened on 16th May 2016, Ireland’s Olympians celebrates the success of our most iconic Olympic athletes.

The exhibition features footage, imagery and memorabilia from iconic Irish Olympians including Ronnie Delany, Michael Carruth, Katie Taylor, Sonia O’Sullivan, Cian O’Connor and many, many more.

The exhibition was housed in the GAA Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, and ran from May 2016 until Spring 2017.

Enjoy this short video about the new exhibition Ireland's Olympians

GAA Dynasties

May 2015 – May 2016
GAA Dynasties

The GAA is a central part of life for many Irish families. Be it at club or county level, the playing of Gaelic games is an unbroken tradition passed down through generations.

Some families in particular have continuously achieved success at the highest levels. ​It is this long-lasting link between family life and the GAA which was celebrated through the GAA Dynasties exhibition. GAA Dynasties explored the unique accomplishments of some of Gaelic Games’ most famous families.

Hair Hurling Balls: Earliest Artefacts of our National Game

July 2014 – June 2015


The GAA Museum's most recent temporary exhibition, ‘Hair Hurling Balls – Earliest Artefacts of our National Game’ was on display from July 2014 - June 2015.

It featured 14 hair hurling balls on display as part of the exhibition which was researched and developed by the National Museum of Ireland and previously hosted at the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, County Mayo.

The balls are made from matted cow hair with a plaited horsehair covering and all found in bogs during the hand-cutting of turf.  The balls have been dated with the oldest dated to c.1192 - making it over 800 years old!

The interactive exhibition invites visitors to uncover stories of the history of the hair hurling balls: where they were found, how they were made and their ages. The exhibition also explores the science behind our knowledge. Visitors can see how these earliest objects of our national game compare with those of today and learn more about their folklore.


GAA – A Global Phenomenon

June 2012 – June 2014
GAA - A Global Phenomenon

This 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 overseas.


Dermot Earley – Leader & Legend

June 2011 – June 2012
Dermot Earley: Leader & Legend

In June 2011, the GAA Museum unveiled an exhibition to honour the late Dermot Earley, former Roscommon footballer and Chief-of-Staff of the Irish Defence Forces. 

Dermot Earley - Leader & Legend celebrated Dermot's life and featured souvenirs from his career as a hugely successful gaelic footballer, playing for both Roscommon and Connacht, and from his distinguished military career in the Irish Defence Forces.

The exhibition was a great success and attracted many visitors during its one year-tenure in Croke Park.  Items from this exhibition, including Dermot Earley's medal collection, Roscommon jersey and All-Star Awards, are now on permanent display in the museum's first floor "Legends of the Game" display.

Fighting Irishmen Exhibition

May – August 2010

Dan Donnelly's Arm

In 2010, the GAA Museum hosted Fighting Irishmen - Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to present. This exhibition, organised by the Irish Arts Centre, NYC under the direction of Jim Houlihan, told the story of Irish emigration through the sport of boxing.

The exhibition offered all visitors, and boxing enthusiasts alike, a unique glimpse at the role that prize-fighting played in the history of Irish America and Ireland; it featured an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, paintings and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day.

Perhaps the most unique item in the exhibition was the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm. Actor Liam Neeson, Honorary Chair and long-time supporter of the Irish Arts Center, also loaned personal items from his amateur boxing career to the exhibit, including the gloves given to him by Olympic boxer Freddie Gilroy.

Given the connection between Croke Park and Muhammad Ali, who famously fought Al Blue Lewis at the venue in 1972, it was fitting that the exhibition included a signed glove and shorts worn by Ali that night.