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GAA ?? A Global Phenomenon

Monday, July 16, 2012

The GAA Museum has unveiled its new temporary exhibition, GAA – A Global Phenomenon. The temporary exhibition will run until Spring 2013 and provides an overview of the history and development of the GAA overseas from 1884 to the present day.

It covers the worldwide GAA, focusing on the Association’s development in key regions including Britain, North America, Australasia, Asia, Europe and Canada. The exhibition includes artefacts from the museum’s own collection and material from the GAA Archive, in addition to material from other institutions including Kerry County Museum (Tralee) and Lár na Páirce (Thurles) as well as items from various clubs and units overseas.

The material on display is complemented with archive footage from the 1947 All-Ireland Football Final between New York and Cavan which was played at the Polo Grounds, alongside recent documentary footage “An Exile’s Home in the Bronx”.

The GAA has established a presence in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, reflecting the importance of the games and the Association to many Irish emigrants. From hurling in Argentina to the emergence of GAA clubs in the Far East and Asia, the development of the GAA abroad is closely linked to the social and economic developments at home. The exhibition provides museum visitors with an insight into the rich history of the GAA abroad. Through the use of footage, displays and illustrated wall panels, the story of the GAA's spread across the globe is told in an informative and entertaining manner.

GAA – A Global Phenomenon is now open at the GAA Museum, Croke Park and will run until Spring 2013.

A visit to the exhibition is included in admission to the GAA Museum, which is open daily throughout the year. For booking and further information contact The GAA Museum at Croke Park - T: (01) 8192323 or visit

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