Are you in or close to Thurles, Co Tipperary, tomorrow afternoon, Friday October 11th? Why not take a ‘Late Lunch,’ if you are because Lár na Páirce, the G.A.A. Museum situated here on Slievenamon Road, in the town, will be re-opening its doors, following extensive renovation and upgrading, at 2.30pm.
To perform this official re-opening tomorrow G.A.A. President, Liam O’Neill, will be in attendance, to cut the customary blue and gold ribbon and the museum itself will continue to remain open to the public from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm. To facilitate your visit tomorrow, historian Mr Seamus King and his team will be on hand to take you on a free tour throughout this wonderful newly revamped facility.
For those of you not familiar with the museum building of late, Lár na Páirce was the first museum in Ireland dedicated to telling the story of Gaelic Games, well why not, after all lest we forget it was here in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, that the Gaelic Athletic Association was first founded in 1884.
What Can We Expect To See At Lár na Páirce?
Following latest renovations Lár na Páirce GAA Museum will again welcome tours on a regular basis. Visiting groups can choose to explore the collection on their own or be guided by one of the expert tour guides on hand. Throughout the year, a range of special offers will be made available to visiting groups; e.g. primary and secondary schools, bus tours, active retirement group, GAA clubs, etc.
There are true to life exhibitions on Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball, Camogie, Hurley Making, Sports Broadcasting, and of course the rare Sam Melbourne Collection of GAA memorabilia, latter worthy of viewing solely in its own right.
The newly vamped museum will now be open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm, so do come and follow the path of Irish Sporting Legends and learn about the history and development of Hurling and Gaelic Football, from the myth and legend right through to modern times.
You can call to book your group for a tour of this amazing facility by Telephoning 0504-22702.