Our National Treasures

The GAA Museum’s exhibition galleries vividly illustrate the story of the Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. The galleries extend across two floors and include permanent and temporary annual exhibitions.

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Permanent Exhibitions

Highlights of the museum's permanent exhibition include the official GAA Hall of Fame and the Treasurey of Trophies.

Treasury of Trophies

The museum is home to the most iconic trophies in Irish sporting life – the Sam Maguire & Liam MacCarthy Cups – awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland football and All-Ireland hurling championships. So iconic and instantly recognisable, that they are often affectionately referred to by their first names, ‘Sam’ and ‘Liam’ are Ireland’s most revered trophies.

The original trophies now reside permanently in the GAA Museum as the centrepieces of a magnificent trophy display that is the focal point of the museum’s ground-floor exhibition gallery. This display includes the original Sigerson & Fitzgibbon Cups, as well as the original Croke Cup and Bob O’Keeffe Cup.

Sam Maguire - The Man and The Trophy

The Sam Maguire Cup is awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.  Take a closer look at the history of this cherished cup and the Gael who inspired it.

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Liam MacCarthy - The Man and The Trophy

The Liam MacCarthy Cup is awarded annually to the winners of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. 

Next week we will unveil a closer look at this cherished cup and the man behind it.

GAA Hall of Fame

The official GAA Hall of Fame celebrates former players who have made a unique and exceptional contribution to Hurling and Football. It is located in the GAA Museum on the ground floor and is one of our most popular exhibitions.
 
The Hall of Fame opened in 2013 with all 30 players from the GAA hurling and football ‘Teams of the Millennium’ becoming the first inductees to this prestigious club. That year Limerick hurling great Eamonn Cregan and Offaly footballing legend Tony McTague were also honoured. Find out who has been inducted since.

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Temporary Annual Exhibitions

Every year the museum launches a temporary annual exhibition that delves deep into a special theme. The current annual exhibition looks at the history of Gaelic games and broadcasting and runs until September 2020.

Current Exhibition - Tuning In - From Wireless to WiFi

Tuning In – From Wireless to WiFi is a new exhibition at the GAA Museum, charting the history of Gaelic games being broadcast on the national airwaves – radio and television - and the notable individuals who commentated and brought the excitement of the games into homes throughout the country.  

The exhibition captures key milestones and developments in how the coverage of Gaelic games has evolved since the first broadcast in August 1926.

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Past Annual Exhibitions

We’ve had many fascinating annual exhibition on show over the years including:  Hair Hurling Balls:  Earliest Artefacts of our National Game, GAA – A Global Phenomenon, Dermot Earley – Leader & Legend and the Fighting Irishmen Exhibition to name but a few.

Discover our past exhibitions