Outside the realms of sport, Croke Park has hosted many special events and welcomed some very famous visitors.
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.
The century and a quarter celebrations were well flagged before 2009 was upon us but the events of January 31st at Croke Park, well and truly underlined the start of the celebrations on a night to remember for a crowd of more than 80,000.
Although Dublin and Tyrone footballers provided the fireworks on the field of play, in an excellent opening round league encounter – illuminated by Stephen O’Neill from the winning team – the post-match lights and fireworks extravaganza confirmed to the nation that 2009 was very much a year of note for the Association.
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.