Croke Park Activity Days

July 22nd, 2011

Monday and Tuesday 18th & 19th July were very special days to a select few Under 12 footballers and hurlers from all Ulster counties.  These were the days set aside for Ulster children to play and tour Croke Park.

All Counties participated with a total of 1,036 Ulster children enjoying the experience.  From use of the changing rooms and the warm up rooms to experiencing the roar of the crowd from a recorded audio of a big match to actually playing on the new pitch at Croke Park, the children had a memorable day out.


Monday 18th July

Time County No of Participants
09.30 – 11.00 Down 96
11.15 – 12.45 Antrim 312
13.00 – 14.30 Fermanagh 120
14.45 – 16.15 Derry 110
16.30 – 18.00 Donegal 78

Tuesday 19th July

Time County No of Participants
10.30 – 12.00 Monaghan 90
12.15 – 13.45 Cavan 80
14.00 – 15.30 Armagh 70
15.45 – 17.15 Tyrone 80

During the games parents were permitted to take photographs of the ‘big day’ from the stand, and at the end of each session the teams were gathered together for group photographs under the Cusack Stand.

All children were also treated to a museum and stadium tour of the headquarters of the GAA.  All in all a great time was had by all participants as many parents relived their own playing careers or for those who never played at Croke Park it was a case of dreaming of playing on the famous ground themselves.

This is a terrific initiative, which, it is hoped, will be repeated every year.  Ulster GAA is indebted to the County Games Development staff and the staff of Croke Park for all their assistance in making Ulster’s Activity Days such a success.