In a move that has been welcomed by GAA headquarters it has been confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II will visit Croke Park during her state visit to Ireland later this year. It will be the first such visit to the historic venue by a member of the Royal family.
A statement released by the Gaelic Athletic Association this evening welcomed the news that the Queen would be visiting Croke Park. “The GAA is pleased to have been asked to receive Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by President McAleese, at our headquarters in Croke Park and to showcase our stadium and facilities to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and their accompanying party”
The Association also played down fears that the visit wouldn’t be welcomed by members of the Association “The Gaelic Athletic Association has for well over a hundred years embodied and taken its stand with the mood of the nation, culturally, socially and politically.
In unity with our players, administrators and supporters throughout the island and abroad. We are confident that this historic visit to Croke Park will be welcomed by those who play, administer and support our games, at home and abroad, including of course throughout Britain”
In 2007 the English rugby team became the first group of Englishmen to step foot onto the Croke Park turf since the Bloody Sunday atrocities of 1920. One of the lasting memories from that day was the respect that the English anthem was accorded that day.
The historic visit by the Queen, due to start on the 17th of May ,will also include trips to the Irish National Stud and the Guinness Storehouse.