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2013 marks the centennial anniversary of the naming and signing of the deeds for Croke Park/Páirc an Chrócaigh making it the Home of the GAA. More than just a stadium, Croke Park is now a world-class sporting and cultural venue, an Irish institution and a place of memories and stories, images and sentiment. See what others thought of this beautiful ground throughout the century and share with us what Croke Park means to you through your stories and images throughout 2013.


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100th Anniversary of Deeds of Croke Park being presented to the GAA

Croke Park celebrates 100 years

Descendants of the Dineen family and other signatories joined the GAA to marks 100 years since deeds to Croke Park were signed on 18 December 1913.

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Croke Park celebrates 100 years

Descendants of the Dineen family and other signatories joined the GAA to marks 100 years since deeds to Croke Park were signed on 18 December 1913.

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.

The Stadium, now the fourth largest in Western Europe with a capacity of more than 82,000 is also the administrative home of the Association.

To mark the occasion, the GAA presented members of the Dineen family with framed copies of the original deeds.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill acknowledged the symbolism in the date in the context of the overall history of the GAA.

100th Anniversary of Deeds of Croke Park being presented to the GAA

He said: “The GAA and Croke Park are synonymous with each other to such an extent that it is almost impossible to imagine one without the other.

“With that in mind, today is a hugely important milestone in the history of the Association and one on which we are proud to shine a light on the all important contribution of Frank Brazil Dineen.

“Not only did he serve as both President and General Secretary of a then fledgling organisation, but he personally secured what would become the long-term iconic home of the GAA. For that amongst others things we should be eternally grateful.

“I welcome relatives of Frank here today in addition to representatives of the families of other key administrative families of that era.

“Their ancestors may not have realised it at the time, but collectively they played a part in a monumental decision that placed Croke Park at the heart of the GAA’s and indeed the nation’s sporting and cultural activities.”

In 1908 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.

Three years earlier he had advocated, anonymously through a newspaper article, an elaborate scheme for a major Gaelic games stadium in Dublin. The financial situation of the GAA between 1905 and 1908 was such that it could not afford to buy the stadium itself so Dineen bought the grounds and held them in trust for the GAA.

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.

In 1912 the grounds had fallen into a state of disrepair and it has been speculated, by Marcus DeBúrca the renowned GAA historian, that the deteriorating state of the grounds may have prompted the GAA to stage the Croke Memorial Tournament in 1913, the proceeds of which were used to purchase the grounds from Dineen.

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.

As part of today’s commemoration boys from O’Connell Schools, two of them attired in replica kit of the 1913 All Ireland winners Kerry (football) and Kilkenny (hurling) joined representatives of the Dineen family

Relations of Luke O’Toole (Wicklow) and James Nowlan (Kilkenny) – General Secretary and President respectively at the time of the change of ownership – were also in attendance as were members of both the Wicklow and Kilkenny County Boards.

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Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s first visit to Croke Park

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh's describes his first visit to Croke Park and recalls events that took place around that time.

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Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s first visit to Croke Park

This podcast is the first in a series of three, with broadcasting legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. In this first podcast Mícheál describes in detail his first visit to Croke Park as a student and recalls events that took place around that time.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh (part 1): Listen

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#timeline 1953: Fans at Croke Park

New images added to our Timeline

We have just added new images from the last 100 years to the Timeline.

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New images added to our Timeline

We have just added new images from the last 100 years to the Timeline.

If you have any images from the past 100 years upload them now to our Memory Mosaic

Check out the new timeline images here

#timeline 1953: Fans at Croke Park

 

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Shop Online for archive photos, merchandise and more…

shopping@crokepark is Croke Park's online shop and it offers customers the opportunity to purchase prints from the last 100 years.

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Shop Online for archive photos, merchandise and more…

shopping@crokepark is Croke Park’s online shop and it offers customers the opportunity to purchase prints from the last 100 years. Why not join in the celebrations and mark the occasion with Limited Edition Croke Park 100 Years merchandise.

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CP100 Photo Gallery

Check out our Photo Gallery

Check out our new Photo Gallery with images from the Croke Park 100 Years celebrations in 2013.

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Check out our Photo Gallery

CP100 Photo Gallery

Check out our new Photo Gallery with images from the Croke Park 100 Years celebrations in 2013. Click here for the Photo Gallery.

 

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Memory Mosaic Is Now Live!

The Croke Park 100 Years Memory Mosaic is now live!!

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Memory Mosaic Is Now Live!

The Croke Park 100 Years Memory Mosaic is now live!! You can search for your photograph and see where it appears on the Mosaic of Croke Park.

If you haven’t already uploaded your memory, click here and be a part of the Croke Park 100 Years’ celebrations.

 

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Opening of The GAA Museum Hall of Fame

GAA Museum honours hurling and football legends with new Hall of Fame

The GAA Museum at Croke Park is delighted to announce the opening of a new Hall of Fame as part of its ongoing refurbishment.

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GAA Museum honours hurling and football legends with new Hall of Fame

Opening of The GAA Museum Hall of Fame

The GAA Museum at Croke Park is delighted to announce the opening of a new Hall of Fame as part of its ongoing refurbishment.

Today two former greats – Offaly footballer Tony McTague and Limerick hurler Eamon Cregan – were inducted into the Hall of Fame. All 30 players from the Teams of the Millennium were also honoured through their inclusion in the exhibit.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill congratulated both players on being named on the prestigious list which honours their massive contribution to the GAA.
He said: “Former players have a special place in the history of the GAA and nowhere is this captured better than in the GAA Museum where their achievements are highlighted and revered.

“This new facility will serve as a permanent reminder to the greatness of the players who adorned our game at the highest level. It is important that these players are remembered not only by those who were lucky enough to see them, but crucially by those who did not have that privilege.

“This is one way of assisting in that process and I congratulate them and their families.”

Offaly’s Tony McTague won back-to-back All-Ireland titles with the Faithful County in 1971 and as captain in 1972.  Arguably the best free-taker of all time, Tony was renowned for his remarkable accuracy from both play and frees.  Tony enjoyed a ten-year senior inter-county career with Offaly and was named on the first two All-Star teams in 1971 and 1972.

Limerick’s Eamon Cregan enjoyed a 19-year inter-county hurling career, winning practically every hurling honour at senior level – four Munster championships, a National Hurling League, an Oireachtas medal, four Railway Cups and three All-Star Hurling Awards.  He starred on the Limerick team that won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1973 – Limerick’s first since 1940.  During the game, Eamon was switched from his usual forward position to centre-back, a move which many regarded as vital in Limerick’s victory.

The football and hurling Teams of the Millennium were also inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame today.  A number of players from both teams were in attendance, including Tony Reddin (Tipperary), Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary), Ray Cummins (Cork), Eddie Keher (Kilkenny) from the hurling team and Martin O’Connell (Meath), Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Seán Murphy (Kerry) and Seán O’Neill (Down) from the football team.

Mark Dorman, GAA Museum Director, said: “The new GAA Museum Hall of Fame serves as a permanent tribute to the hurling and football Teams of the Millennium, their outstanding achievements and lasting legacy.  It displays collections and personal items from these players in one impressive exhibit and is certain to become a highlight for our visitors”.

A sub committee consisting of Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill, Lár- Uachtarán Criostóir Ó’Cuana and journalists Seán Moran and Martin Breheny were involved in the selection process. They will select a football and hurling inductee to the GAA Museum Hall of Fame on an annual basis.

The new exhibit can be seen on the ground floor of the GAA Museum under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park.

Croke Park 100 Years Celebrations

Croke Park 100 Years’ Prizewinners

During the Croke Park 100 Years' celebrations on Saturday night 100 numbered footballs were thrown into the crowd. Dáithi Ó'Sé (pictured) assisted in throwing out the footballs to excited spectators.

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Croke Park 100 Years’ Prizewinners

During the Croke Park 100 Years’ celebrations on Saturday night 100 numbered footballs were thrown into the crowd. Dáithi Ó’Sé (pictured) assisted in throwing out the footballs to excited spectators.

Activities at the Allianz Football League Division 1 in Croke Park

10 lucky spectators’ (pictured with their friends and family) numbers were chosen at random and the won prizes including:

2 Premium Level seats for Croke Park for 2013, The Croke Park Hotel 100 Years Package for 2 adults and 2 children(Courtesy of The Croke Park Hotel), €100 tickets.ie vouchers, Skyline Tour, GAA and Stadium Tour vouchers, €250 worth of county merchandise from O’Neill or Azzurri (Courtesy of Allianz).

Activities at the Allianz Football League Division 1 in Croke Park

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Republic of Loose at Croke Park 100 Years Launch

The Republic of Loose were the guest act during half time of the Dublin-Cork match on Saturday 2 February to kick off the Croke Park 100 Years celebrations.

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Republic of Loose at Croke Park 100 Years Launch

The Republic of Loose were the guest act during half time of the Dublin-Cork match on Saturday 2 February to kick off the Croke Park 100 Years celebrations.
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Republic of Loose - Guest Act at  launch of Croke Park 100 Years Celebration on 2 February 2013
Republic of Loose – Guest Act at launch of Croke Park 100 Years Celebration on 2 February 2013

Activities at the Allianz Football League Division 1 in Croke Park

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Croke Park 100 Years Launch Photos – 2 February

The Croke Park 100 Years celebration went off with a bang with fireworks and a video tribute on the big screen before the Dublin-Cork game on Saturday 2nd February.

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Croke Park 100 Years Launch Photos – 2 February

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The Croke Park 100 Years celebration went off with a bang with fireworks and a video tribute on the big screen before the Dublin-Cork game on Saturday 2nd February. Daithí Ó Sé was MC and spoke with Eddie Keher and Alan Larkin during the Golden Moments pitch side interview.

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