We are delighted to be working with the GAA to create the first major collection of GAA Club Jerseys from around the world.
Teams are now invited to be among the earliest to be featured, with details of their club made available to 300,000 visitors per year to Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction, as well as to their online audience. The jerseys, ideally signed by the players and club members, will be displayed in EPIC’s Playing The World Gallery, dedicated to Gaelic Games and teams abroad. Already on display are jerseys from hurling teams in Argentina, Australasia and Germany and football teams in London, Dubai and New York.
With the Renault GAA World Games in full swing in Waterford, we are welcoming team members and their guests in to see the museum, where a dedicated Gallery celebrates those “Playing The World”. With over a fifth of the GAA Clubs worldwide found outside Ireland – over 400 according to the World Games organisers – EPIC celebrates the history and impact of the GAA in places including the traditional strongholds of Britain and North America, but also Asia, the Middle East and Australasia. According to the GAA World Games: “In the last 10 years there has been an almost 100 per cent growth in the number of GAA clubs operating outside of Ireland with more than 400 now in existence. New clubs made up of non-native Irish people who have been drawn to, and inspired by Gaelic games is proof of the strengthening of these overseas roots.”
The National Launch of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge at EPIC, April 2019
Nathan Mannion, Senior Curator at EPIC says “Just as the GAA World Games showcase the extent to which the passion and participation for Gaelic Games has now spread beyond our shores, our 20 hi-tech, interactive galleries highlight and celebrate the impact and influence of the Irish diaspora worldwide. We look forward to displaying the jerseys worn by the Diaspora and those who love Irish sport and showcasing the very best of Gaelic Games worldwide. We welcome teams and players of many nationalities to the museum who visit, explore and leave with a sense of pride that is almost as good as being in Croke Park on any All-Ireland final day.“ Teams who are interested in being involved are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org