26/03/2019

GAA Museum to receive Fáilte Ireland Grant Funding

We are delighted to share that the GAA Museum at Croke Park has been selected as one of the Dublin Visitor Attractions to receive Fáilte Ireland​ Grant Funding, allowing significant improvements and upgrades to be made to our exhibit spaces and the provision of new multi lingual devices for key target audiences to make the museum more accessible and appealing to overseas visitors.
 
Today, Tuesday 26th March, Fáilte Ireland announced investment of just over €1.75 million through its ‘Dublin’s Surprising Stories Grants Scheme’ to 11 Dublin visitor attractions. The announcement was made at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D. Successful applicants include Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, the GAA Museum at Croke Park, EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Newbridge House & Farm and Clondalkin Round Tower.
 
The funding is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategy to ensure continued growth and sustainability in the tourism industry and to support the development of world-class visitor attractions in the Dublin region. The investment will be used for the improvement of physical interpretation such as foreign language provision, video, interpretive panels and interactive technology, and is also designed to encourage attractions to extend the opening hours.
 
Minister Paschal Donohoe said: “Today’s significant announcement of grant funding is a vote of confidence in Dublin’s booming tourism sector with an estimated 6.4 million overseas visitors visiting the capital last year. Tourism is a vital element of our national economy with visitors generating an estimated €2.2 billion in overseas revenue and supporting 68,000 jobs in Dublin alone. This funding will ensure that visitors experience the very best of what our capital city has to offer with enhanced attractions and visitor experiences and I am delighted to note that Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, the Custom House, the GAA Museum at Croke Park and EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum are among the successful applicants, reinforcing the important role that tourism plays throughout Dublin Central.”
 
The GAA Museum will receive funding of €138,750. With the funding, it is planned to upgrade and significantly improve the introductory exhibit and the starting point for the exhibition/museum experience and the adjoining permanent exhibition gallery, which documents the origins, history and development of the GAA. Language provision will be provided for key target audiences to make the museum more accessible and appealing to overseas visitors.
 
GAA Museum Director, Niamh McCoy, said: “we are delighted to receive this support from Fáilte Ireland. This will allow us to continue to develop the GAA Museum as one of the top attractions for visitors in Dublin“.
 
Find out more about the GAA Museum & Tours here.