Interactive GAA centre hits the mark
AS GAA goes global Ireland's first ever interactive Gaelic games visitor centre opens in Dublin.
The new centre is the icing on the cake for tour company, Experience Gaelic Games, which has held the number one spot on TripAdvisor for things to do in Dublin, for the last 20 months.
Its new headquarters, at Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin, was designed by celebrity architect, Demot Bannon.
And with the state-of-the-art centre it is hoped that more than 10,000 visitors will come through its doors this year alone.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, said the centre will give people an "unparalleled insight into the world of the GAA".
The minister opened the centre yesterday where a GAA club has been based since 1955.
Experience Gaelic Games has been running tours for the last four years where people get to try their hand at hurling and football as well as handball.
It has gone down a treat with tourists so much so they have ranked it as the best thing to do in Dublin ahead of things like a trip to the National Botanic Gardens.
It is ranked number one out of 283 "things to do in Dublin", on the popular tourist website.
One reviewer from Switzerland said it was the "highlight" of her weekend in Dublin.
Another tourist from Florida described it as the "most exciting activity", on her itinerary.
Minister Donohoe also said that the Experience Gaelic Games centre will also help in showcasing Ireland as a "unique visitor destination".
And the Fine Gael Dublin Central TD stated that if Ireland was to continue attracting tourists we would have to not just offer value for money but also build on what is already here.
Na Fianna GAA club, where the centre is based, was one of the first clubs in Ireland to cater for both male and females with both hurling and camogie.