My family and I (with two teenage sons) will be in Dublin June 29 - July 2 and would love to see a sports event like hurling, Gaelic football or rugby. I have been checking the websites for Croke Park, tickets.ie, and the GAA, but nothing is listed for that time or it may be too early? Other activities are booking up this far in advance, though, and I don't want to miss the opportunity! Any recommendations to secure tickets now?
In most cases during the summer the venue is only set a few weeks before hand because it is yet to be determined who is playing in the matches, so you will need to check it out closer to the dates you are in Dublin. You should also beware that for county matches, the bulk of the tickets will be sold through the county boards and local clubs rather than being released to the general public. So you need to be really on the ball for this one, so to speak!
Thanks for your help! I'll keep on it!
If you watch this site: http://www.gaa.ie/ and go to the Fixtures page that will give you who is playing on those dates. The weekend of the 29th is phase 1 of the play-offs so you will have to wait to find out which team make to that stage. Hope this helps. We miss the All Ireland Semi-final by 2 days. drat!
I second the recommendation on going through the GAA site (gaa.ie). I bought tickets to the hurling semi-finals in August 2011 through this site and they were great to work with. Be sure to leave time to visit the excellent GAA museum located in Croke Park. You can often purchase a package that includes match tickets, museum entry and food purchase. Julie Manahan <email@example.com> was very helpful in answering all my questions.