The final installment of the GAA Go Games Provincial Days will take place this weekend, which gives thousands of children from clubs all around the country a chance to play in the iconic Croke Park. We chatted to Bernard, to find out all about his memories in Croke Park, including his earliest and his favourite ones!
What are your earliest memories of Croke Park?
Being lifted over the turnstiles by my Dad on way into Dublin games.
When was the first time you played in Croke Park?
I played in a Cumann na mBunscol Final for my primary school, Scoil Thomas, when I was in 4th class. I played wingback. We were beaten but that didn’t take away from the buzz of the day, one I will never forget.
What was it like for you personally the first time you played there?
Amazing! I had grown up listening to stories of my dad playing in Croke Park with the amazing Dublin team he was on, so to play in Croke Park was an even bigger event for me.
Do you feel that playing in Croke Park is different to other stadiums?
The sheer scale of the stadium is the real magic of it.
When you have a full house in Croke Park, there is nowhere better in the world. The walk around the stadium behind the band on All Ireland Final day is amazing.
The noise is deafening as you walk past the different supporters.
Would it make you more nervous?
I love the big games in Croke Park, I do get nervous but nerves are good. It means it matters to you!
What is your favourite memory in Croke Park?
What is your least favourite memory in Croke Park?
Who has been your toughest opponent while playing in Croke Park?
Can you describe what it’s like to play in Croke Park on All Ireland Final day?
The colours, the energy, the buzz.
It is one of the best sporting occasions on the planet. To be on the turf on that day is truly special. It makes you understand the passion and scale of the GAA. It is actually indescribable!
This weekend, Littlewoods Ireland will give thousands of children the opportunity to play in Croke Park for the first time as part of the GAA Go Games Provincial Days.