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2016 – 2019
– 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.