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2010 – 2018
Croke Park celebrates the distinction of becoming the first stadium in the world to receive the prestigious BS 8901 Certification for Sustainable Event Management, the highest accolade of its kind. To mark this achievement, the stadium presented compost from its recycling initiatives to pupils from O’Connell’s Primary School to plant a commemorative tree in the school garden.
In July, the GAA Museum was awarded interim accreditation by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin Castle.
In September, the hurlers of Tipperary ended Kilkenny’s bid for an historic five-in-a-row when they defeated the reigning champions in the All-Ireland decider.
On 18th May
, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Ireland’s largest and most iconic sporting arena, as part of their historic state visit to Ireland. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed at the Hogan Stand by the President of the GAA, Christy Cooney. During their stadium tour they visited the dressing rooms and made their way to the side of the hallowed playing ground which is the venue for the highest profile events on the Irish sporting calendar.
, the GAA Museum was awarded full accreditation status by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. The Museum Standards Programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, is an important initiative which sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice and in particular raise the standards of care for collections across Irish museums and galleries.
The footballers of Dublin won the All-Ireland senior title in dramatic fashion when goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton scored an injury-time winning point against rivals Kerry. It was a first All-Ireland title for the Dubs since 1995.
Xi Jingping, the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, paid a visit to Croke Park on the second day of his official visit to Ireland. Mr Xi was greeted at GAA HQ by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana and Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Ó Dufaigh. He was treated to a demonstration of Gaelic Games, Gaelic football and hurling, on the Croke Park pitch by children from Round Towers, Clondalkin and Whitehall Colmcilles GAA clubs. He was given a tour of the stadium and also met with some inter-county stars, including Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins.
On 1st June
, Dublin’s newest visitor attraction was launched with the Etihad Skyline Tour. This roof-top tour of Croke Park boasts spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its surroundings from 44 meters or 17 storeys above the ground.
The Olympic Flame came to Croke Park in June 2012
with Kilkenny hurling legend, Henry Shefflin, given the honour of carrying the torch around the stadium with the main part of the ceremony taking place on the new Etihad Skyline.
Galway defeated Kilkenny in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final and became the first county from outside Leinster to win the Bob O’Keeffe Cup.
, the All-Ireland Hurling Final ended in a draw for the first time since 1959. In the replay, Kilkenny defeated Galway.
Eucharistic Congress – June 2012
2013 marked 100 years of Croke Park being the official home of the GAA. In 1908 Frank Dineen purchased the 14-acre City and Suburban Racecourse for the sum of £3,250 with the sole aim of providing the GAA with a suitable home. Between 1908 and 1910, he oversaw substantial improvements to the grounds, including relaying the entire pitch and increasing the terrace accommodation. These improvements were paid for by Dineen himself and, in 1910, due to financial constraints, he had to sell off four acres of the ground to the Jesuits of Belvedere College for £1,090. Following the sale of the grounds to the GAA, who subsequently re-named it the Croke Memorial Park (and later simply Croke Park) Dineen remained involved in the GAA until his death in 1916. In 2006 Hill 16 was officially re-named Dineen Hill 16 in honour of Frank Dineen.
The historic signing over on December 18 1913 helped ensured that Croke Park would remain the playing headquarters of the Association from that day until this. Descendants of Frank Dineen and other signatories joined the GAA to marks 100 years since the deeds to Croke Park were signed on 18 December 1913
– the GAA Museum Hall of Fame is unveiled, with the two former greats – Offaly footballer Tony McTague and Limerick hurler Eamonn Cregan – the first inductees into the Hall of Fame. All 30 players from the Teams of the Millennium were also honoured through their inclusion in the exhibit.
– An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. officially unveiled the newly-refurbished GAA Museum. The final phase of renovation included the official GAA Hall of Fame, a modern-day heroes and legends gallery, eight exciting interactive skill zones and dedicated sound booths showcasing clips from the association’s oral history archive. The museum boasts a vast collection of objects that illustrate the development of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day.
– the new Hawkeye point detection technology for both hurling and football at Croke Park was first utilised on June 1st at the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-final double header.
– for the second year running, the All-Ireland Hurling Final ended in a draw. Clare and Cork returned to Croke Park on Saturday 28th September, with Clare emerging as victors after a thrilling encounter. Clare captain Pat Donnellan accepted the Liam MacCarthy Cup in a floodlit Croke Park.
– American college football came to Croke Park when Penn State played University of Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic. A crowd of 50,000 enjoyed the spectacle.
For a third consecutive year, the All-Ireland Hurling Final ended in a draw, with Hawkeye deployed to confirm the last score of the game between Tipperary and Kilkenny. The replay was another thrilling encounter which resulted in a Kilkenny victory and All-Ireland medal number ten for Henry Shefflin, a unique feat.
One Direction play three nights at Croke Park on the ‘Where We Are’ Tour with over 235,000 in attendance.
- A replica of the Olympic Torch from London 2012 is installed on the Skyline to commemorate the Olympic Torch Run through Dublin in 2012, which included a lap on the Skyline by Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin.
– a new look Blackthorn Café opens beside the GAA Museum in the Cusack Stand. The Café is named after the blackthorn stick which Michael Cusack always carried by his side.
The annual GAA Museum Exhibition opens. The display, called GAA Dynasties, celebrates the unique accomplishments of some of Gaelic Games’ most famous families.
Kilkenny retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup at the expense of Galway, while Dublin claimed their third Football title in five years, beating Kerry by three points.
The Script & Pharrell Williams play Croke Park on the ‘No Sound Without Silence’ Tour while Ed Sheeran plays two nights on his ‘x’ Tour to over 162,000 fans.
– Exactly 100 years on from the 1916 Easter Rising - the GAA's 1916 commemorative show 'LAOCHRA' took place after the Division 1 and 2 Allianz Football League Finals in front of a capacity crowd at Croke Park Stadium.
Croke Park Meetings & Events join an elite group of world-class conference venues on the honours list for the 2016 Digital Infrastructure Award held in Frankfurt, Germany.
– The Pocket Book of the GAA is released, illustrating the history of Ireland's most famous sporting institution. Written by the GAA Museum team in Croke Park, This pocket sized book features all the key events in the GAA's illustrious history, as well as biographies of famous players and the stories behind some of the GAA's cups and trophies.
The annual GAA Museum Exhibition 'Ireland’s Olympians' opens. The exhibit celebrated the nation’s Olympic medallists, with a special emphasis on medal winners from 1924 when Ireland first competed as an independent nation.
– The inaugural GAA Museum Summer School is opened by Aogán Ó Fearghail. The Summer School focus on the revolution in Ireland from 1913 to 1923. General Michael Collins' armoured car ‘Sliabh na mBan’ was present at the opening of the talks.
– Croke Park Meetings & Events win a hattrick of awards at the Event Industry Awards – including best in-house events person for Melissa Heeney.
- The GAA Museum at Croke Park induct Galway hurler John Connolly and Wexford hurler Tony Doran along with Kerry footballer John O’Keeffe and the late Roscommon footballer Dermot Earley into the Hall of Fame for 2016.
– High Density Wifi is installed at Croke Park, a first in Ireland. The new network operates across the venue’s meeting and events facilities and also supports stadium operations on match days.
Dublin and Mayo battle it out twice for Sam Maguire, with Dublin holding out to win the replay by a single point. Tipperary win their first Senior Hurling title since 2010, convincingly beating Kilkenny by nine points.
Beyoncé and two Bruce Springsteen concerts are held at Croke Park, with over 160,000 attending The Boss’ The River Tour.
– Croke Park is declared ‘Best Stadium Venue’ in the UK and Ireland ahead of such prestigious locations as the Emirates Stadium in London, the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and Dublin’s Aviva.
The Croke Park Community Fund celebrate reaching a milestone of €750,000 in support of local voluntary groups since the fund was established in 2009.
Croke Park welcomes Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, Speaker of the German Bundestag, while on a three-day visit to Dublin.
Ericsson becomes the lead advisor to the GAA for their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) challenges including the Croke Park stadium experience, to optimize mobile networks and transform connectivity, bringing fans closer to the action. Ericsson also become the new title sponsor of Croke Park’s famous Skyline Tour.
Croke Park warmly welcomed Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, Speaker of the German Bundestag, while on a three day visit to Dublin. Professor Lammert ranks second after the President under the German constitution.
– GAA Museum announces new exclusive membership programme called “Friends of the GAA Museum”. Launched by honorary member Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, funds raised through the membership programme assist in the acquisition of more artefacts and documents, the care of collections, and the restoration and enhancements to existing displays.
Mr. Eiki Nestor, President of the Riigikogu (the Parliament of Estonia), visits Croke Park while on a visit to Dublin.
- The annual GAA Museum Exhibition ‘Imreoir to Bainisteoir' opens. The exhibition celebrates players who have won All-Ireland's as both players and managers.
- Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail, welcomes Chief Batton of the Choctaw Nation to Croke Park.
– The GAA Museum Summer School talks examine the theme of ‘Sports and Politics’. Dr. Harry Edwards delivers the keynote talk, focusing on the history of sport and racial segregation in America, and his own role in breaking down the barriers of racial segregation in American sports.
- Offaly hurler Pádraig Horan and Kilkenny’s Frank Cummins along with Kerry footballer Jack O’Shea and Offaly’s Matt Connor are inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2017.
Dublin and Mayo did battle once again in the Football decider, with Dublin winning out by a single point, earning their third title in a row. In a historic Hurling Final, Galway overcame Waterford to win their first Senior title in 29 years, meaning the Déise’s 58 year wait for Liam would continue.
Coldplay and U2 hold concerts in Croke Park in 2017. U2 honour Joshua Tree on the 30th Anniversary of its release. Coldplay’s concert is voted as the Ticketmaster ‘Top event of the last 20 years’.
– The GAA Museum celebrates its 20th
Anniversary with a series of events, including the Féile Fiche, a Guinness World Record attempt, Legends Tours, photography competition and an annual exhibition celebrating the best events to happen in Croke Park in the last two decades.
Croke Park wins an award for ‘Community Integration’ at the World Stadium Congress Awards at the Amsterdam Arena for its wide-ranging programme of community gain projects and events.
– Croke Park announces annual targets in waste and energy usage reduction, focusing on cutting the stadium’s production of plastic waste by switching to fully compostable cups.
President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, visited Croke Park as part of his State Visit. He was treated to a demonstration of our Gaelic Games as well as a tour of the GAA Museum.
The GAA Museum Summer School returns, celebrating Sam Maguire - the man and the trophy, on the 90th
Anniversary of the Cup first being presented. The original Sam Maguire cup was present as well as relatives of the silversmith Matthew J. Staunton who crafted it.
– The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are welcomed to Croke Park as part of #RoyalVisitIreland. The visit began with a guided tour of our treasured GAA Museum, followed by an exhibition on the pitch of our Gaelic Games.
Croke Park Meetings & Events make it three in a row at the Event Industry Awards, picking up “Best In-House Event Team” for the 3rd year running.
– The visitor attractions at Croke Park – the GAA Museum, Croke Park Stadium Tour and the Ericsson Skyline Tour - achieve the much-coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence ‘Hall of Fame’ Award, which is only given to attractions that earn a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.
Croke Park are formally inducted into the European Healthy Stadia network in recognition of the stadium’s and the GAA’s contributions to the public health agenda.
Limerick end a 43 year wait to lift Liam MacCarthy after beating Galway by a single point, while Dublin make it 4-in-a-row in the Football Final against Tyrone.
Four concerts are held in Croke Park in 2018 – Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé and two nights with Taylor Swift.