Some of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions have had a facelift thanks to a €1.7 million Fáilte Ireland initiative.
he GAA Croke Park Museum, which received €185,000, was one of 10 projects eligible for a grant under the Dublin Tourist Board’s Surprising Stories programme.
The funding is intended to help tourist attractions and landmarks in Dublin tell unexpected stories of local people and places “in new and exciting ways”.
Located under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park, the GAA Museum has become one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions.
The revamped display area features an old Cusack Stand seat, a 1927 New York captain’s jersey and an 1888 American Invasion Tour hurley.
According to Niamh McCoy, director of the GAA museum, the funding will enable them to tell the story of Gaelic games and their unique place in Irish society and culture.
“The new reception area on the ground floor of the GAA Museum has been transformed thanks to this important project,” she said.
“We are proud to reveal the work that has been done and it is exciting to see such important objects from our collection on display for visitors.”
GAA President Larry McCarthy added, “The GAA Museum occupies a unique place within our association, and we are grateful for the work the team has done to tell our stories, remember our heroes and build on our heritage.
“This new exhibit contains some amazing artifacts and it’s important that GAA supporters, history buffs and the general public have a place to experience our evolution and learn more about us.”
Liz Halpin, from Fáilte Ireland, said creating new ways for visitors to enjoy Dublin’s history, heritage and culture will ensure the city’s attractions remain on the “must see” list for visitors. national and international visitors.
“We know the modern tourist expects an interactive and accessible experience, and the refurbishment of the GAA Museum will allow visitors to engage with Dublin’s history in a new and innovative way,” she said.
Other tourist attractions benefiting from Fáilte Ireland’s Surprising Stories program include Dublinia (€200,000), Newbridge House and Farm (€107,625), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (€160,850), Christ Church (€195,000) , Irish Whiskey Museum (€200,000), Teeling Whiskey Distillery (€200,000), EPIC (€200,000), Glasnevin Experience (€200,000) and Clondalkin Round Tower (€51,000).