Special Events in Croke Park

As the home of Gaelic Games, Croke Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of fans to the stadium each year to witness the heroic battles on the pitch and enjoy the unique atmosphere around these pivotal games in the GAA calendar.

We’ve also provided the venue for other historic occasions in the world of international sport and are proud to count the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2003 Special Olympics amongst those.

During the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road into the Aviva Stadium to the south of the Liffey, we provided a temporary home for our colleagues in the IRFU and FAI, hosting a number of international matches in Rugby and Soccer during that period.

Indeed, in decades past – the great Mohammad Ali took to the ring against Al Lewis on this hallowed turf and in more recent times, we’ve welcomed travelling fans to a number of American College Football fixtures hosted here - the most recent encounter, under the Croke Park Classic banner, taking place between University of Central Florida and Penn State in 2014.

Outside the realms of sport, Croke Park also hosted the World Eucharistic Congress and welcomed visiting dignitaries and leaders from around the world - most significantly in a historical context, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

International Rules

An exhilarating mix of Gaelic and Australian Rules football, the compromise rules series of games between the two nations has provided action-packed contests over the years. A showcase event for both codes, it has raised the profile of both disciplines and gives both sets of players, the opportunity to represent their countries and disciplines internationally.

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Special Olympics

The 2003 Special Olympics saw 7,000 athletes arrive in Ireland from 160 countries to compete and take part in events throughout the country! Croke Park was chosen as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of this wonderful sporting occasion.

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Other Sports

During the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road, home of the Irish Rugby and Soccer teams, into the Aviva Stadium from 2007-2010, a historic change to Rule 42 paved the way for non-GAA games to be played in Croke Park. 

The Croke Park Classic saw the University of Central Florida (UCF) host Penn State, in their American college football 2014 season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014 - the first time either team played outside the United States.

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GAA 125th Anniversary


2009 saw the GAA celebrate its 125th Anniversary, kicking off a year of celebrations throughout the association, with a sporting and visual spectacle in Croke Park.

As host nation for the Congress in 2012, a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops, culminated in the massive closing ceremony and “Statio Orbis” which took place on Sunday 17th June 2012 in Croke Park.


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The who’s who of international rock and pop stars have performed at the venue over the years, with names such as Tina Turner; Bon Jovi; The Police; Neil Diamond; Westlife and more recently – Take That, One Direction, The Script, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran performing sell-out shows. Gatekeepers of Irish rock music, U2 have played the venue for sell out three-night runs on a number of occasions as part of their world tours.

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Famous Visitors

In May 2011, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to come to Ireland in 100 years and included Croke Park in her state visit.

In 2012, the then Vice-President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, visited Croke Park as part of his 3-day state visit, touring the stadium facilities before displaying his skills in hurling and Gaelic football on the pitch.

Stadium Health & Safety

The Safety, Health and Welfare of all who work, visit and play our games in Croke Park, is of paramount importance to Stadium Management and is to the forefront of everything we do.

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Concert Health & Safety

Each concert held is Croke Park has it's own health and safety policy which we encourage those attending to read.

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