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Croke Park Experience for 2011 & 2012 Boys

posted 1 Apr 2019, 13:49 by Edenderry GAA
Sunday 14th April 2019 will be remembered for a long time by our young reds, born in 2011 & 2012.

The players within these age groups have been selected to take part in the Croke Park Experience and will get an opportunity to play on the hallowed ground at 12 noon that Sunday.

On the day our 3 teams will play Ratoath of Co. Meath, on the Hogan Stand side of the field.  

We expect that somewhere between 45 & 50 players will travel with us on the day.  A rough itinerary is set out below.  The club will be arranging buses to travel to Croke Park for players and parents.  However, there is parking if you wish to drive.  The club will arrange for a new club hoodie/top for each player for the occasion and provide lunch on their route home.  This will be a very special day and we want to make it one to remember. 

A requirement from all clubs in attendance at days of this nature is that each club must have a completed consent form. This includes a signature from a parent/guardian for all children in attendance – including permission to take photos and possibly video footage. It is a requirement that all clubs bring this form completed and have it available for presentation on the day if required.  We will provide the forms at training/games this weekend and on the day if required. 

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Colm on 087 7638171.

Preliminary Itinerary - Subject to Minor Change
10am - Depart Edenderry
12 Noon - Game at Croke Park 
1.30pm - Depart Croke Park 
2.30pm - Stop for lunch on route home (McDonald's)
4.30pm - Arrive Edenderry GAA 

There are some key details below for travelling parents & supporters.  Croke Park will be open on the day and admission is free. 

Parking Arrangements:

*There will be three designated areas for parking on the day:

Bus Parking - The Davin Stand Car Park
This car park will be limited to Buses Only as there is limited space available. Access to the Stadium from the Davin Stand Car Park will be through the Cusack Stand. Access to the Davin Stand Car Park is off North Circular Road down St. Margarets Ave.

Car Parking - Croke Park Hotel (This is located across from the Hogan Stand)
This car park will be available to all other cars i.e parents, clubs where the children are travelling by individual cars etc. This will be an unmanned car park and we would ask people to park in an orderly fashion to allow people to enter and leave on a regular basis.(Unfortunately we cannot guarantee access to this car park as it will depend on demand on the day)
*Parking circumstances may change during the day and we would ask that you cooperate with all stewards as required

Entrance to the Stadium
Entrance to the stadium for those parked in the Croke Park Hotel will be solely through the entrance off Clonliffe Road via Hill 16. We would ask that you communicate this with all parents and supporters prior to the day to avoid confusion. For the buses parked in the Davin Stand Car Park there will be access to the stadium from the Davin Stand

Information re Photographer:
As part of the day each team will get an official team photograph. The photographer on the day will be making these available for purchase and details of this are also attached. These can be pre booked through / 086 8928350 or by filling out the form via this link –
Schedule of Events for the teams on arrival at Croke Park: 
  • Arrival to Bus Car Park
  • Meet at the steps next to the entrance to the museum and be escorted to the Cusack Stand (We will have stewards here on the day. We would ask that you make yourself known to them upon arrival)
  • Teams are asked to tog out in the stand
  • Teams will be brought down to see and experience the dressing rooms etc. but this will be really just a walk through as we will have access to only one dressing room on the day
  • Players will line up in the tunnel and run out onto the field in individual groups
  • Games 9-a-side with substitutions at half time only. In many cases the entire team might be substituted to make way for 9 new players for the second half. As highlighted to all counties in advance, the maximum number that can be catered for in a single slot / single pitch is 18. For clubs with 19-36 players, we are working on the basis you have been allocated two slots and for clubs with numbers greater than 36, a three slot allocation is needed.
  • Matches will be 40 minutes in duration (including half time)
  • There will be only 2 mentors allowed per pitch per team (All Mentors to be A:- Garda Vetted B:- be Foundation Qualified and C:- have completed Child Protection Workshop / Safeguarding 1)
  • Each team will play 1 match
  • After the match teams and mentors will make their way to the Hogan Stand Presentation Area