Thursday 18th May 2017
International Museum Day takes place every year on the 18th May and aims to highlight the important role of museums in society.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.’
To mark the day, the GAA Museum in Croke Park is hosting an evening with renowned Irish authors Michael Foley and Cormac Moore, commencing at 7pm.
Michael Foley will speak on Bloody Sunday at Croke Park, drawing on research from his bestselling book ‘The Bloodied Field’, which gives an account of the dramatic events on the 21st November 1920 which resulted in the shooting dead of fourteen people by the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Cormac Moore will discuss the GAA’s relationship with Douglas Hyde following his controversial removal as GAA patron after he attended a soccer match between Ireland and Poland in 1938. Cormac is the author of The GAA v Douglas Hyde: The removal of Ireland’s first president as GAA Patron.
The event will conclude with a question and answer session and discussion of both topics.
Tickets cost €12 and €10 for students / seniors with valid ID and includes complimentary tea / coffee or a glass of wine on arrival. Ticket price also includes access to the GAA Museum where they’ll have the opportunity to view related artefacts.
This event will be of keen interest to students, GAA fans and anyone with an interest in Irish history. It will also act as an appetiser the GAA Museum Summer School, a fascinating series of talks at Croke Park this summer from Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July examining the theme of ‘Sport and Politics’ and the effects they have had on one another since the 1870s.