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Mon-Fri – First Tour 10 am
Last Tour 4 pm each day.
We are open weekends in July and
August for Pre Booked Groups Only.

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Please book tickets online
in advance to secure your
access to our tours & experience.

Group 9199

Sheshodonnell East, Carran
The Burren, Co. Clare
V95 XT95

– Beidh míle fáilte romhat –

Fáilte romhat go suíomh nua Ionad Mhíchíl Cíosóg. Tá súil againn go mbeidh deis agat cuairt a thabhairt orainn anseo go luath.

Welcome to our new website. I really hope you have an opportunity to visit our wonderful centre and cottage.

Dónal Ó hAiniféin

Chairman Michael Cusack Centre

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Our Tour Experience

Engaging young and old alike, we offer flexible guided tours for large and small groups, individuals, families and schools. Our interactive, informative and fun tours include the Michael Cusack Centre, Cusack’s Famine Cottage, the Fairy Trail and Ash Trees, Meet the Púca and Cusack Way Walk.

Cusack Irish Famine Era Cottage,
Fairy Trail & Ash Trees
The Centre
Meet the
Cusack Way Walk
Intersection 26
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Our Story

Michael Cusack is celebrated as the founding father of the GAA, “Where We All Belong”. Located in his home village of Carran in the heart of the Burren in Co. Clare in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark, the Michael Cusack Centre is a treasure chest of living history.

Since the centre opened in 2006, visitors from all over Ireland and around the world have come to enjoy an evocative, unique cultural and sporting experience in an enchanting and unspoiled landscape.

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Learn About the Legacy of Michael Cusack

Michael Cusack was born in remote and rocky north Clare in the height of the devastating Irish famine during the mid-19th century. Young Cusack excelled at hurling and other sports. First training as a teacher, the visionary Cusack went on to found an educational academy where education and sport were central.

Cusack’s passion for Gaelic culture, sport and community has become the stuff of legends. He left his enduring legacy on Irish and sporting history by forming the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1884. Thriving in heart and spirit, the GAA is the largest amateur sporting organisation in the world today.



Join us on our unique cultural, historical and educational tour in our Centre and restored Cusack Irish Famine Era Cottage.



What is on at
Michael Cusack Centre

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Michael Cusack Day

The event is held on the nearest Sunday to the 20th September each year. In 2023, Michael Cusack Day takes place on 17th September 2023.

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Samhain Púca Storytelling Festival

The annual Samhain Púca Storytelling Festival launched in 2022 to welcome the Púca to his new home at Poll a’ Phúca (“The Lair of the Púca”) at the Michael Cusack Centre.

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Burren Wellness Month

Celebrated across the Burren and at the Michael Cusack Centre, Burren Wellness Month is held in May.



What people are saying about us

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  • Such a hidden gem in the Burren. Staff so nice and welcoming. A great experience for my sister and I. Would thoroughly recommend it!

    Annis Kehoe

    – July, 2023

  • Thank you so much to you and your team for a fantastic day out 2 weeks ago now ! The kids had a great time. You were all a wealth of information and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time there! Thanks so much again and hopefully see you all again next year.

    Co. Clare School

    – June, 2023

  • The Centre is in such a beautiful, well cared for setting, the exhibits interesting and well thought out, and the two guides Tim and Agnes provided a wealth of information.

    Carol W, USA

    – June, 2023

  • I would really recommend this visit to any GAA enthusiast. It was humbling to visit the actual home that one of the founders of the GAA who met in Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles in 1884 grew up in and went on to found the association.

    Phillip B.

    – May, 2023

  • This is a fantastic tribute to Cusack and the G.A.A. It’s small but it is packed full of great information. The staff in the centre are absolutely fantastic; so welcoming and friendly.

    Sarah L.

    – May, 2023

  • Very informative and friendly staff. Thanks Agnes and Tim for your assistance

    Susan Gilmore

    – August, 2023

  • Great spot for an avid Gaa fan!! Beautiful new and modern building for the visitor centre but totally in keeping with the area. Good knowledgable tour guide.

    Janette K.

    – April, 2023


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