Best GAA Grounds in Ireland
Ireland boasts some absolutely incredible GAA grounds.
From the Gaelic Grounds in New York to the amazing amphitheatre that is Croke Park; or from the hallowed turf of the once spectacular Casement Park down to the Kingdom of Killarney and its heartbeat, Fitzgerald stadium.
Not to mention the Home of Hurling or Ulster Final Day in St Tiernach’s Park.
Each ground has forged its own place in GAA history through unrivalled and unique atmospheres.
They are feared and loved in equal measure.
In this blog we’ll list some of our favourites.
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Without further ado and in no particular order…
Best GAA Grounds in Ireland
Casement Park, Belfast
Although a ball hasn’t been kicked in Casement Park since Sunday, June 9 2013 after Monaghan beat Antrim 0-11 to 0-6 in the Ulster Championship, the ground’s memory is buried deep in GAA peoples’ hearts.
Right now, unfortunately, it is in a saddening state of disrepair after plans for an extension to transform it into the home of Ulster football was quashed in 2014 on the back of objections from local residents.
But that setback has only served to increase the legend of Casement Park and the simply unforgettable match-day atmosphere it served up.
Opened in 1953, the stadium has huge historic significance and hosted eight Ulster Finals. Known for its Sea of Saffron, it still serves as a reminder of what Belfast is missing.
However, in May of last year the legal challenge against the granting of planning permission for Casement Park was dismissed, leading the way for a huge transformation in 2023.
Semple Stadium, Tipperary
The second largest GAA grounds in the country, Semple Stadium has established itself as the ‘Home of Hurling’ and the showpiece of provincial hurling, the Munster Final.
Situated in Thurles, down the street from where the GAA was founded in Hayes Hotel, it is steeped in history.
The atmosphere on Munster Final Day is stuff of legend and the immaculate pitch helps to serve up some absolutely ‘lovely hurling’.
Croke Park, Dublin
Not only is Croke Park the best stadium in Ireland, it is also one of the greatest in Europe.
GAA HQ and host of the pinnacle of our national sports, the All-Ireland Final, it is a sight to behold when it is packed to the rafters.
The pitch is carpet-like, while the surroundings of the stadium is vibrant and boisterous, there is nowhere like Croke Park.
That’s why it remains a dream for every young boy and girl to get the chance to play there.
St Tiernach’s Park, Monaghan
The biggest ground in Ulster and the greatest Ulster Final atmosphere of them all.
The capacity is estimated between 29000-36000 but when the calendar reaches the Ulster Final day the sound would suggest the capacity is double that.
Host of some of the best and most classic Ulster Championship matches in the past, Clones is a GAA circus on those days and we simply couldn’t leave it out of this list.
Fitzgerald Stadium, Kerry
Killarney is one of the most beautiful towns in the country and Fitzgerald Stadium has produced some of the most beautiful football the game has ever seen.
The backdrop of the Kerry mountains is a real display of beauty while it also personifies the mountain in which opposing teams are going to have to climb to beat the home team there.
Some of the greatest footballers the game has ever seen have honed their craft inside the gates of Fitzgerald Stadium.
And on the very, very few occasions when the football might disappoint, the town and after-match atmosphere rarely does!
Tuam Stadium, Galway
A surprise inclusion on the list, but there’s something about visiting Tuam Stadium that makes it memorable.
Once with a capacity of 26000, the stadium has been reduced over time for health and safety reasons along with its general condition too.
But for people of a certain vintage, the old ground as served up some magical memories in the Connacht Championship. Right now it’s far from luxurious, but what’s rare is wonderful.
It has been boosted by news that development works is going to be carried out to revamp the ground to a modern-day facility.
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