Now the experience has been heightened with the opening of the Etihad Skyline Tour at the Croke Park Stadium, a 0.6km long rooftop walkway 44m above the ground, which offers unparalleled views over the Irish capital and the stadium.
Visitors to the stadium can add the skyline tour to their Dublin itinerary from June.
Lasting two hours the tour stops at five viewing platforms along the walkway, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the highlighted buildings and sites in their line of vision across Dublin City through multi-lingual audio guides.
The more adventurous will also have the chance to walk from the stadium roof onto a specially designed walkway suspended above the Croke Park pitch, providing a memorable end to the tour.
‘Croker’, as it is known locally, is the fourth largest stadium in Europe, with a capacity for 82,000, and is the home of Gaelic games in Ireland.
The Irish will tell you that spectating there at a Gaelic football or hurling match – amongst the oldest and fastest field sports on earth – is the best way to see into the soul of the nation.
The unique ‘match-day’ experience provides visitors with an insight into Ireland’s cherished native sport and a chance to be at one with the Irish locals. Tickets for games can be purchased at www.crokeparktickets.ie
Of course Croke Park is not the only venue in Ireland where hurling or Gaelic football can be witnessed.
Across the island there are hundreds of clubs and matches played throughout the summer months.
In July (13–14) the Thurles International Hurling Festival will see 12 teams battle for hurling supremacy, including both local and international teams.
The festival also includes the European hurling and camogie (female version of hurling) championship finals featuring teams from Belgium, Luxembourg, The Hague, Zurich, Paris, Holland, Amsterdam, Budapest, England, and the American marines.