Gaelic Football: Croke Park

On 17 October 2013 An Post issued a set of four stamps and a miniature sheet (shown in the banner) to complement Ireland’s Contemporary Public Buidings. The 90c stamp showed Croke Park, the GAA’s historical and main ground.

As the home of Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) – Croke Park has played host to iconic moments in Irish sport & history and to major cultural and international events. For well over a century, the Jones Road ground has been headquarters of the GAA. Every September, the Association’s two annual marquee events – the GAA All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championship Finals – attract a capacity 82,300 fans, to witness the pinnacle of Gaelic games action – in this world-renowned cathedral of sport.

The stadium symbolises what can be achieved when a cohesive volunteer force, work towards a common goal. Rooted not just in the community around the stadium, Croke Park on match day represents a culmination of months and even years of hard work, dedication and commitment to local life and sport for over 2,200 clubs in all 32 counties of Ireland.

The stadium is one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 82,300 and can accommodate all types of events – from field sports to concerts, meetings to tradeshows and bespoke banqueting.

On the 1st November 1884 seven men met in the billiards room of Mrs. Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary. It was at this meeting, under the guidance of Michael Cusack, that the Gaelic Athletic Association was formed. Maurice Davin, a famous athlete, was named as the first President and Cusack as the Secretary. Archbishop Croke of Cashel was appointed one of the first patrons of the new Association. In later years two Croke Park Stands were named in honour of Cusack and Davin while the stadium itself was named in Crokes honour.