Experience Gaelic Games


My cousin, Nicky English, is a well-known hurler from Tipperary, Ireland.  What is a hurler, you ask? Well, a hurler is a someone who plays the gaelic game called hurling which is one of the oldest games known in ancient Irish history. When we found out that Nicky was in Dublin, we contacted him and he met us at Experience Gaelic Games to teach us how to play!  It was a blast!  The facility is adjacent to a school and some of the students came over to play with us as well. No doubt the boys were happy to get out of school a little early, but it was fun to watch Nicky interact with the guys and give them some pointers on hurling.


Experience Gaelic Games opens its doors to families and friends who want to learn more about the Gaelic games by learning how to play them!  They will teach you the basics of hurling, gaelic football or handball.  If you are planning a visit to Dublin, and you enjoy sports, Experience Gaelic Games might be right up your alley.  It is an out of the box experience during a family vacation and will no doubt help your gang create some amazing memories that may be very different from other visitors to Ireland.


We did a lot of research for the show! Though we couldn’t visit every destination, we did want to show you what else we found.

Croke Park
Jones’ Rd, Dublin 3, Ireland

There’s something about professional sporting events that have no comparison.  There is a buzz in the air, an energy that is infectious.  Croke Park is the home stadium of the Gaelic games and is also the headquarters of the GAA, the Gaelic Athletic Association.  The games are wildly popular and you can watch this video from their site to get a feel for the experience:
If you attend a game, check out the Family Funzone that offers kids the opportunity to try their hand at some gaelic games for themselves.  The funzone is free to all match ticket holders and is located at the back of the Davin Stand (access off the North Circular Road or Russell Street). There is also a museum and stadium tours are offered so if you are visiting during a time when games are not in session, you might enjoy the tour and museum option. Note that on match days, access to the museum is limited to ticket holders only.

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