Lonely Planet review
It's a magnificent stadium (if you're impressed by them) that is Ireland's largest and the fourth largest in Europe, but Croke Park is about much more than 82,000-plus sporting butts on plastic seats. No, Croker – as it's lovingly known in Dublin – is the fabulous fortress that protects the sanctity and spirit of Gaelic games in Ireland, as well as the administrative HQ of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the body that governs them. Sound a little hyperbolic? Well, the GAA considers itself not just the governing body of a bunch of Irish games but also the stout defender of a cultural identity that is ingrained in Ireland's sense of self. To get an idea of just how important the GAA is here, a visit to the Croke Park Experience is a must, though it will help if you're any kind of sporting enthusiast. The twice-daily tours (except match days) of the impressive stadium are excellent.