Does anyone on the board follow GAA, for those who dont know of it,
|At first glance Gaelic Football resembles a combination of soccer and rugby, and is similar to Australian rules football. Players advance the ball up the field with a combination of carrying, soloing (dropping and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands), kicking, and hand-passing to their team-mates. Points are scored by striking the ball either above or below the horizontal bar of the "H"-shaped goalposts.
Fans enjoy the high speed with which the ball is moved and frequent scoring, the many different ways to deliver the ball, and the unpredictable nature of the game.
Its one of my favourite sports
I used to play Hurling but not anymore. I never like playing football but I love watching hurling and a bit of football, especially in that great stadium Croke Park. The atmosphere is great. I like hurling alot more then football because it is much more skilled game. I am from Co.Limerick myself.
Click here to view a football match.
Click here to view a hurling match which is on in Croke Park.
Here is Croke Park:(Irelands biggest Stadium)
Heres on of my favourite pics of croke park mate, its simply brilliant
for anyone thats interested heres a bit of information about it!
by the way the history into it is very very interesting I assure you!
Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation. Since 1884 the site has been used exclusively by the GAA to host gaelic games, most notably the annual finals of the All-Ireland gaelic football championship and hurling championship. Music concerts by major international acts have also been held in "Croker," as it is often called. In 2007 the stadium will also host the Irish national rugby union and soccer teams. Following a redevelopment program started in the 1990s, Croke Park has a capacity of 82,500, making it the fourth largest stadium in Europe, and the largest owned by an amateur organisation.
The area now known as Croke Park was originally an Athletics Course known variously as the City and Suburban Racecourse and 'Jones Road' Sportsground. It was originally owned by Maurice Butterly From the foundation of the association in 1884 this sportsground was used by the organisation regularly for Gaelic Games and Athletics. In 1896 both All-Irelands were played in the ground signifying the growing importance of the suburban plot for the ever expanding GAA. Recognising the potential of the Jones Road sportsground a journalist and GAA member, Frank Dineen, borrowed much of the £3,250 asking price and bought the ground personally in 1908. Only in 1913 did the GAA come into exclusive ownership of the plot when they purchased it from Dineen for £3,500. Once bought, the ground became known as Croke Park in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, one of the GAA's first patrons.
In 1913 Croke Park had two stands on what is now known as the Hogan stand side and grassy banks all round. In 1917 the rubble from the Easter Rising in 1916 was used to construct a grassy hill on the railway end of Croke Park to afford patrons a better view of the pitch which by now hosted all major football and hurling matches. Immortalised as Hill 16 it is perhaps one of the most famous terraces in the world.
On November 21, 1920 Croke Park was the scene of a massacre by the Auxiliary Division. British police auxiliaries entered the ground, shooting indiscriminately into the crowd killing 13 during a Dublin-Tipperary football match. The dead included 12 spectators and one player, Michael Hogan. The latter, Tipperary's captain, gave his name posthumously to the Hogan stand built four years later in 1924. These shootings, on the day which became known as Bloody Sunday, were a reprisal for the assassination of 12 or 13 British Intelligence officers, known as the Cairo Gang, by Michael Collins' squad earlier that day.
A fully refurbished Croke Park, as seen during the All-Ireland Football Final in 2004.In the 1920s the GAA. set out to create a high capacity stadium at Croke Park. Following the Hogan Stand, the Cusack Stand, named after Michael Cusack from Clare (who founded the GAA and served as its first secretary), was built in 1927. 1936 saw the first double-deck Cusack Stand open with 5,000 seats, and concrete terracing being constructed on Hill 16. In 1952 the Nally Stand was built in memorial of Paddy Nally, another of the GAA founders. Seven years later, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the GAA, the first cantilevered 'New Hogan Stand' was opened.
The highest attendance ever recorded at an All-Ireland Senior Football Final was 90,556 at the 1961 Offaly v Down final. Following the introduction of seating to the Cusack stand in 1966, the largest crowd recorded since has been reduced to 82,516.