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“A must visit for anyone interested in the GAA” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Michael Cusack Centre

Michael Cusack Centre
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Carran
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Owner description: Born in Carron in 1847, Michael Cusack founded the largest amateur sporting organisation in the world, the Gaelic Athletic Association. The Centre in Carron is dedicated to the memory of the man who is widely regarded as the saviour of Irish sports. The lovingly restored traditional thatched cottage reflects the character of 19th century Ireland. The dwelling appears today in its original state and is typical of famine cottages of the era. Even the courtyard and surrounding fields remain largely untouched. The contemporary display in our award winning visitor centre offers a unique perspective on Irish history, heritage and culture. Some interesting free attractions also in the area include the 6km Cusack Way walk (opened Oct 2013)from the Michael Cusack Centre to Cahercommaun Cliff Fort and Poulnabrone Dolmen. The centre caters for school tours, individuals and groups. Open April to 30th September, 7 days a week from 10 - 5pm,
Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A must visit for anyone interested in the GAA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Visited here on the back of a recommendation and was so surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The visitor centre is a beautiful new building and the cottage is ssssooooooo pretty. But the real attraction are the staff. Seamus and the other man are so friendly, knowledgeable and seem to have all the time in the world to spend talking to you. The place is clean and tidym the indoor display is very interesting and the 3 part audio visual display in the cottage is brilliant!

Visited June 2016
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Townsville, Australia
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“Interesting visit to the Michael Cusack Centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

The Michael Cusack Centre is quite small, however the visit was worthwhile. It was interesting to see the house and view the presentations.

Visited May 2016
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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Visit to this centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Fab, well worth the trip, came across this by accident on way back from the Burren, it was interesting interactive and great fun. Both adults and Children loved it...make sure to go there

Visited March 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“All Ireland Fever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

I could hardly believe that the games we all love, hurling and football, started here, right in the heart of the Burren in County Clare in the wild west of Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way.. What an unexpected treat to find the Michael Cusack Museum high up in the centre of a lunar landscape of beautiful limestone escarpments and stunning views, quaint villages and ancient historical monuments. Galway and Mayo are in this year's All-Ireland Finals, a fantastic co-incidence of talented players and dedicated teams. This could be our year, but mo matter the results of teh wekend's games, this is a really lovely place to visit, where it all began.

Visited September 2015
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Galway, Ireland
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“Tucked away but worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

I live locally and visited the Michael Cusack Centre because my sister was over from England with her family. We were 3 adults, 7 children (age 14-4) and a baby and we were charged €25 for all of us. Don't expect a large museum - this is a small attraction and what it lacks in size it makes up for in genuine enthusiasm and welcome from the very nice staff who we met on the day. Our children were made especially welcome, we were given an interesting talk about Michael's life and his journey from humble beginnings and we were then left to take a look at some information boards. This would probably be of more interest to those with an interest or connection to the GAA but equally it would appeal to any visitor who wants to learn a bit more about this uniquely Irish organisation.

We were then led to Michael's childhood cottage, which has 3 rooms decorated in the style of the time (one made out as a schoolroom, another as a post office). There was more audio visual material here - much of which we had already heard and read about. The children's attention was starting to wander but they did enjoy going inside the cottage.

The setting of the centre is really pretty, unusually sheltered and green for the Burren region. Our children then explored the small wooded area and this might be something the centre could develop in the future (the younger ones were looking for fairies!) If we had more time we would have liked to have taken the walk up to the cliff fort.

Another suggestion would be to include some film footage of highlights of some of the best hurling or football matches from the past and recent times - it's hard to explain to visitors from abroad just how fast paced and skillful a hurling match is, for example, might be nice to give visitors a chance to see some clips.

I'm not sure if there was any facilities for tea or snacks - there was a small shop selling sweets which satisfied our children and we had planned to travel a bit further along the road to go to the Burren Perfumery for tea.

Overall, definitely worth a stop if you're near Carron or maybe plan a visit in combination with some other local attractions. It's obvious the locals are very proud of Micahel Cusack's connection to the area and have made the most of it - and why not!

Visited July 2015
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