Secondary School Tours

We’re extremely proud to launch our new menu of experiences for secondary school students.

Just like any good team we’re always training, always listening and always looking for ways to be the best we can be. These new experiences are the result of feedback from both teachers and students, and we’ve learned what you really want from your school tours.

We know your time is precious and we hope our new programme will offer an educational, fun and worthwhile day out at Croke Park for Junior Cert Cycle, Leaving Cert Cycle and Transition Year students alike.

We look forward to seeing you pitchside very soon.

Your Croke Park Experience Awaits…

Our tours are always in demand, so book now by emailing [email protected], by calling 01 819 2374 or by completing the enquiry form below.
THE TY TIME OUT

THE TY TIME OUT

Time to get out of the classroom and into the stadium! This action-packed experience has been designed especially for TY Teens and it’s centred around four key themes
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TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF HISTORY

TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF HISTORY

This experience is designed especially for students studying History for the Leaving Certificate.
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BLOODY SUNDAY CENTENARY

BLOODY SUNDAY CENTENARY

Make of most of your day out with a special commemorative guided tour of Croke Park to mark the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

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THE SKYDIUM MASHUP

THE SKYDIUM MASHUP

See all that Croke Park has to offer in our specially designed ‘Skydium’ experience that combines highlights from our popular Croke Park Tour and our thrilling Ericsson Skyline Tour.
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SCHOOL TOURS MADE EASY!

  • One teacher free with every ten students
  • Free on-site coach parking
  • Free tea / coffee for teachers
  • Indoor & outdoor picnic area
  • Free WiFi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Irish language tours on request
  • Gift shop

COMPETITION TIME!

Calling all student writers!
Following the success of last year’s 20th anniversary competition and the quality of entries, the GAA Museum is, once again, inviting secondary school students to show off their writing prowess with an essay, short story or poem with the theme ‘A GAA Legend.’

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Archives Open Day

Coming 2020! Free event to discover the treasures hidden
within the GAA Museum Archives. This is the perfect opportunity for those beginning the Leaving Certificate Cycle to hear Research Topic suggestions from our museum staff, as well as listening to talks from prominent academics and historians. Watch this space!
 

THE TY TIME OUT

Time to get out of the classroom and into the stadium!

This action-packed experience has been designed especially for TY teens and it’s centred around four key themes:
 

1. TY Tour

This gives your curious crew a few Croke Park highlights, including:
  • A screening of our ‘September Days’ film to introduce this world-class stadium.
  • A whistle-stop tour of Croke Park which includes a visit to the dressing rooms, walking pitchside through the players’ tunnel and taking a seat in our VIP section.
  • The dressing room visit will pump up motivation levels with a special ‘Get in the Zone’ video message from a GAA legend.
 

2. TY Recipes for Success

We are what we eat and it’s important to respect our bodies if we expect to get the best from them. The goal of this part of the tour is to feed our TY minds with sound advice for self-care. It includes:
 
  • An introduction to healthy eating for both physical and academic performance, put together by the GAA’s Community and Health team.
  • Practical advice to support healthy eating not just for sport, but for the game of life.
  • You can keep up the food goals with our 'Recipes for Success' book, which is free to take away for all TY teachers.
 
The Recipes for Success Programme has been developed by the GAA and the Home Economics Department at St. Angela’s College Sligo and the ATHEA (Association of Teachers for Home Economics).
 

3. TY Trials

Students work in relay teams to complete a physical challenge. To increase the stakes, there’s a mini Sam or Liam to be won!
 

4. TY Selfie Success

Capture the moment! Students are asked to upload their favourite photos from their Croke Park experience to Instagram using the hashtag #GAAMuseumTY.

The best image from the school year will win a set of jerseys for everyone in the class who paid us a visit. And the best bit? The winning photographer will work with the GAA Museum team to design the unique jersey and incorporate their picture into the style. #nofilter

Teacher Tips

  • Please ensure that all students wear clothing and footwear suitable for physical exercise.
  • Duration is approximately 2 hours.
  • Cost is €10 per student (with a minimum of 15 students)
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TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF HISTORY

This experience is designed especially for students studying History for the Leaving Certificate.

What better way to really immerse your students in the story of the GAA than with a history field trip at the home of Gaelic games. Even the hard-to-impress student will find themselves with a new appreciation of our past. This visit centres around four themes:
 

1. National Awakenings

We begin with the ultimate scene setter – a screening of our specially commissioned National Awakenings film, which charts the birth of the GAA at a time of cultural revival in Ireland. The film examines the links between the GAA and the Irish struggle for independence and explains how GAA members became entwined in this turbulent period of Irish history.
 

2. GAA Museum Show and Tell

This is a fascinating, in-depth tour of the GAA Museum, where your tour guide will point out exhibits and artefacts linked to prominent historical figures that are key to the Leaving Certificate syllabus. Highlights include a match ticket from Bloody Sunday 1920 and a minute book from the Geraldines Athletics Club in London, where Michael Collins served as treasurer and secretary.
 

3. Historical Croke Park

Here students will get under the skin of Croke Park, visiting the dressing rooms and warm-up area before experiencing the thrill of walking pitchside through the players’ tunnel. Your class will take a seat in the Ard Comhairle (our VIP section) to learn more about the history of the GAA and the role the Association played in the development of modern Ireland. They’ll also hear about events surrounding Bloody Sunday 1920 and learn of prominent GAA personalities including Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin and Archbishop Croke.
 

4. A World Class Venue

From a look back to a look down – students will get to take a break from the history and enjoy a birds’ eye view of the famous pitch from the Mícheál O’Hehir Media Centre. They’ll hear all about stadium life on match day, when up to 82,000 fans make their way to the home of Gaelic games.

Teacher Tips

  • The GAA regularly features in Leaving Certificate exam questions, and this tour experience brings the history curriculum to life for students.
  • Provides inspiration for Leaving Certificate History Research Topics.
  • Duration is approximately 2 hours.
  • Education Pack for every student is included in the price.
  • Cost is €10 per student (with minimum of 15 students).
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Archives Open Day
Coming Easter 2019! Free event to discover the treasures hidden within the GAA Museum Archives. This is the perfect opportunity for those beginning the Leaving Certificate Cycle to hear Research Topic suggestions from our museum staff, as well as listening to talks from prominent academics and historians. Watch this space!

THE SKYDIUM MASHUP

See all that Croke Park has to offer in our specially designed ‘Skydium’ experience that combines highlights from our popular Croke Park Tour and our thrilling Ericsson Skyline Tour.

Ericsson Skyline Tour

Croke Park’s rooftop walkway is Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform and offers breath-taking panoramic views of our vibrant capital from the mountains to the sea. Our Tour Guides will treat your students to a Dublin City Tour like no other, giving them an insight into its heartfelt history.

If students really want to make the most of this 17-storey high, they should download our new Ericsson Skyline Augmented Reality app for free in advance of the trip. They can use the app to see some of Dublin’s landmarks in a new way!
 

Croke Park Stadium Tour

Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin, your students will thank you for this backstage pass. They’ll get to take a seat in the VIP area, sneak a peek inside the dressing rooms and even walk in the footsteps of Gaelic legends as they go pitchside through the players’ tunnel!

Your tour includes a screening of our ‘September Days’ film, which captures the magic of All-Ireland Final Day. To round off a memorable day at the GAA HQ, time in the GAA Museum and our interactive games zone is also included.

Teacher Tips

  • Duration is approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Cost is €19.50 per student (this covers both tours).
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BLOODY SUNDAY CENTENARY

In honour of the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the GAA Museum remembers the tragedy of Bloody Sunday with special commemorative guided tours of Croke Park.

The most infamous event in the history of the GAA occurred on Sunday November 21st 1920 when the War of Independence was raging in Ireland. That morning an assassination unit known as ‘the squad’, under the command of Michael Collins, mounted an operation to take out the backbone of the British intelligence network in Ireland. Following the operation 12 agents were dead. It is thought that the events that occurred later that day in Croke Park were in direct retaliation for these deaths.

Later that day a ‘great challenge’ football match took place between Tipperary and Dublin. Throw-in was at 3.15pm. With over 10,000 spectators gathered in Croke Park, British Auxiliary Forces were given orders to surround the stadium and block the exits. As the match continued, an armed convoy began shooting and moved inside the grounds. Rapid fire continued for about 90 seconds after which 13 people, including one player, lay dead and a further spectator died later in hospital.
 

On this commemorative tour, our knowledgeable guides will outline the events of the day and discuss the impact Bloody Sunday had on the GAA and Ireland. Students will also visit the GAA Museum with their tour guide to learn more about this tragic event. This Tour consists of:

1. National Awakenings

We begin with the ultimate scene setter – a screening of our specially commissioned National Awakenings film. This film will bring history to life for the students, showing original footage of Croke Park in the 1920’s and charting the birth of the GAA at a time of cultural revival in Ireland.

2. Ericsson Skyline Tour

Get a birds’ eye view of some of the key sites in Dublin City from Bloody Sunday, from 17 stories high. Sights that can be seen include Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park.

3. Croke Park Stadium Tour

The group then enter the stadium itself, where they will visit the Bloody Sunday Remembrance plaque and go pitch side to hear about that events that took place inside the stadium on Bloody Sunday.

4. Museum Exhibition

The visit concludes in the GAA Museum where the group will have the opportunity to view fascinating artefacts from this period including a match ticket from Bloody Sunday, the referee’s whistle and a pair of glasses last worn at the match. Other relevant highlights include: an original copy of the Irish Proclamation and Michael Collins’ minute book from when he was secretary of Geraldines GAA Club, London.

Teacher Tips

  • Duration is approximately 2 hours and includes a visit to the GAA Museum.
  • Inspriation for Leaving Certificate research topic.
  • Ericsson Skyline aspect operates at a height, so please ensure appropriate clothing is worn.
  • Cost is €15 per student (with a minimum of 10 students)
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MAKE AN ENQUIRY OR BOOK YOUR TOUR

You can also contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 00353 1 819 2374.


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