Former GAA President and MEP, Sean Kelly, has reiterated his proposal for the GAA to buy the historic home of the association, Hayes Hotel in Thurles.
“Hayes Hotel is a major symbol of Irish cultural and sporting heritage as the location of the first GAA meeting in 1884. The GAA was founded at the hotel so it is the perfect site for a museum to showcase its history and growing success nationally and globally. A GAA museum would be an enormous tourist attraction for sports fans.
“The GAA is built on the dedication and success of local clubs and future EU sports policy will reinforce the need to support grassroots sports. Indeed, I have often cited the GAA as a leading example of how sport can boost the physical, social and economic health of regional towns during my work at the European Parliament. Hayes Hotel could also be used as a regional GAA headquarters with staff tasked with supporting local clubs across the country.