- On August 30, 2018
- In Irish Events
GAA All Ireland Football Final
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is an Irish international amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused primarily on promoting Gaelic Games and pastimes, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camoige, gaelic football, handball and rounders. The association also promotes Irish music and dance, and the Irish language.
Since its foundation in 1884, the association has grown to become a major influence in Irish sporting and cultural life with considerable reach into communities throughout Ireland and the world.
Today, Gaelic Football and Hurling are the most popular games on the island of Ireland, even more popular than Soccer or Rugby.
Croke Park is the association’s flagship venue and is known colloquially as Croker or Headquarters, since the venue doubles as the association’s base. With a capacity of 82,300, it ranks among the top five stadiums in Europe by capacity, having undergone extensive renovations for most of the 1990s and early 21st century. Every September, Croke Park hosts the All-Ireland inter-county Hurling and Football Finals as the conclusion to the summer championships. Croke Park holds the All-Ireland club football and hurling finals on every St. Patricks Day. Croke Park is named after the Archbishop Thomas Croke, who was elected as a patron of the GAA during the formation of the GAA in 1884.
This coming Sunday 2nd of September 2018 sees the current All Ireland holders Dublin come up against Mickey Harte’s Tyrone.
Dublin are the favorites for the title and are aiming for their 4th All Ireland in a row. Tyrone last won the holy grail back in 2008.
What promises to be an enthralling encounter by two outstanding footballing counties expect fireworks and a weekend of ‘craic agus ceol’ in the lead up to the sporting highlight of the year.
My advice … get yourself close to a television set this Sunday, sit back and enjoy our beautiful game !!!!