Croke Park Visit 4th April – Information for U8 Parents

Dear Parent,

We are delighted to inform you that Erin’s Own under 8s have been selected to play in Croke Park on the 4th April as part of the Leinster Councils Activity Days for young players. As you will agree this is a fantastic treat and honour for all these young hurlers. Enclosed are the details for the day’s activities.

We are taking a large bus to Croke Park on the day (Bus Leaving from Ballycomey at 8.15am sharp, €10.00 per head) for all the boys and their families to travel on. We are aiming to make this a great occasion for the boys involved and we want families to enjoy the day and to be also involved in this day for the boys. To get to play in Croke Park, The Theatre of Hurling Dreams is a dream come through for many players and for these young boys, We hope it will become a lifelong memory where they will experience all the fun and excitement of the dressing rooms, The running out through the famous tunnel and playing on the hallowed turf.

Afterwards the club will be taking the panel to Liffey Valley for some treats in McDonalds on the way home. If you have any queries please feel free to contact myself or Ken Brennan(Under 8 Coach).

Yours in Sport

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John Buggy
Chairman
Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog
087 2299555

Erins Own will be playing on pitch 6 – the corner between the Hogan Stand and Hill 16

Schedule of Events:
• Arrival to Designated Car Park (minimum 45 minutes prior to their allotted match time)
• Meet at the entrance to the museum and be escorted to the Cusack Stand
• Teams will be registered (only numbers given prior to event can be catered for)
• Team are asked to tog out in the stand
• Teams will be brought down to see and experience the dressing rooms etc. but this will be really just a walk through as we will have access to only one dressing room on the day
• Players will line up in the tunnel and get a team photo as they enter the pitch
• Matches will be 40 minutes in duration (including half time)
• There will be only 2 Mentors allowed per pitch per team
• Each team will play 1 match
• After the match teams and mentors will make their way to the Hogan Stand Presentation Area
• We would ask that 1 mentor from each club would bring a digital camera to take pictures of their players in the presentation area
• Players will return to the back of the lower cusack stand by walking around between the seating area in the lower decks of the stands

Just like last year there will be no food provided to the participants on the day and as such all teams are asked to bring their own packed lunch with them if required.

Parking

There will be three designated areas for parking on the day:

Bus Park 1 & 2 – Back of the Cusack Stand and The Davin Stand Car Parks
These car parks will be limited to Buses Only as there is limited space available. As to which car park you use will be dependent on your designated time slot. Access to the Cusack Stand car park is off Clonliff Road (At the Hill 16/Museum entrance) and entrance to the Davin Stand Car Park is off N Circular Road down St. Margarets Ave. Access to the Stadium from the Davin Stand Car Park will be through the Davin Stand. (Please see appendix (i) of schedule of events for breakdown of allocation of Bus Parks

Car Park 3 – Back of Croke Park Hotel (This is located across from the Hogan Stand)
This car park will be available to all other cars i.e parents, clubs where the children are travelling by individual cars etc. (Please see map provided). This will be an unmanned car park and we would ask people to park in an orderly fashion to allow people to enter and leave on a regular basis.(Unfortunately we cannot guarantee access to this car park as it will depend on demand on the day)

Parking will be at owners risk

Entrance to the Stadium
Entrance to the stadium for those parked in the Croke Park Hotel will be solely through the entrance off Clonliff Road via Hill 16 (Please see map provided). We would ask that you communicate this with all parents and supporters prior to the day to avoid confusion. For the buses parked in the Davin Stand Car Park there will be access to the stadium from the Davin Stand

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