14/05/2021

GAA Museum celebrates Bealtaine with ‘Monday Afternoons with Annette’

Taking place in the month of May each year, the Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. 
 
The Festival aims to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.
A shining example of this is Annette Coyle (nee O’Connell), one of the museum’s most famous and well-loved tour guides. 
 
Every Monday for the rest of May, the GAA Museum will release a series of audio interviews with Annette. In this series, Annette chats with GAA Museum team member Ailís Corey about her life and times and her love of the GAA.

After retiring from a career in banking in 2003, Annette embarked on a new journey as a Croke Park Tour Guide in 2007 aged 63. She has been entertaining our visitors for the past 13 years and describes her job ‘as a dream come true’.

Annette’s huge passion is Gaelic Football, and she is a die-hard Kildare fan, with a soft spot for Kerry and Tyrone too. She hasn’t missed an All-Ireland Final since 1953. Always good for a story and always finding a connection with someone on her tour, she is the heart and soul of the GAA Museum and a vital part of our team.

Here’s to another 13 years with the GAA Museum Annette!

Listen to part one and two of the recording below. 

Afternoon's with Annette - Part 1

Afternoon's with Annette - Part 2

Afternoon's with Annette - Part 3
You can also listen to the full interview here.