The Centre


Exhibition Centre & Audio Visual Display

Guided tours of our exhibition centre are available each day from 10am. Tours are given by fully trained tour guides, many of our guides are local and have a wealth of knowledge of the Burren and local history.

Our tour provides a unique cultural, historical and educational tour of the life and times of Michael Cusack. Michael Cusack was one of Irelands most extraordinary men. Born in the worst years of the famine, Michael Cusack gave Ireland and the world the Gaelic Athletic Association one of the greatest sports organisations which still exists today, better know as the GAA.

Feel free to contact us about the exhibition centre, for more details and booking information.

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Michael Cusack & The GAA

On October 11 1884 an article, written by Cusack, called ‘A word about Irish Athletics’ appeared in the United Ireland and The Irishman. These articles were supported a week later by a letter from Maurice Davin, one of three Tipperary brothers, who had dominated athletics for over a decade and who gave his full support to the October 11 articles. A week later Cusack submitted a signed letter to both papers announcing that a meeting would take place in Hayes’s Commercial Hotel, Thurles on November 1 1884. On this historic date Cusack convened the first meeting of the ‘Gaelic Athletic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of national Pastimes’. Maurice Davin was elected President, Cusack, Wyse-Power and McKay were elected Secretaries and it was agreed that Archbishop Croke, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davitt would be asked to become Patrons. From that initial, subdued first meeting grew the Association we know today.

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Picnic Area

The picnic area at the centre is a cosy spot to just sit, relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Tea, coffee and scones are available for groups but must be booked in advance.


Gift Store & Gift Vouchers

The gift store is perfectly stocked so that anybody of any age can find that ideal memento from locally produced artisan gifts, books, pottery to GAA memorabilia and everything in between! We also have gift vouchers available.

Feel free to contact us about gift vouchers.

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Conference & Meeting Facilities

The Conference and Meeting Facilities are housed in the new expo centre. There is free WiFi available and a photocopying and printing service along with our dedicated staff to ensure that any conference or meeting is a success. The stunning scenery of the Burren is a distinctly different setting for meetings or conferences so whether you are looking to impress or inspire be sure to make our conference and meeting facilities the location of your next engagement.

Feel free to contact us about our conference and meeting facilities, for more details and booking information.

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Opening Times

The Centre opens from the 1st of April to the 31th of October daily from 10.00-17.00. The first tour starts at 10.00

If you would like to avail of a private tour this can be arranged by contacting our booking office on 065 7089944. The tours are delivered by our fully trained guides, many of whom are from the area so they have a wealth of additional, interesting information about the Burren and local history.

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Chairman’s Message

Dear Visitor

It give me great pleasure to welcome you to the new website of the Michael Cusack Centre. I hope you will find your visit to our website informative. If there is any information you need , or if you would just like to get in touch with us with any feedback or suggestion, please feel free to contact us. We are very grateful to the many people who have visited us over the past ten years including schools and active retirement groups. Also, I would like to thank our sponsors who have consistently demonstrated their desire to help sustain our community and  voluntary efforts. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the board and staff of the centre for their tremendous efforts in keeping alive the memory of the man from Carron, Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA.

Martin O’Loghlen
Michael Cusack Centre

List of acknowledgments:
Cumann na mBunscoil


What people say

  • Very interesting visit. Coffee and scones first class. Staff so beautiful!

    Dermot and Marie, Perth, Australia.

  • Such a wealth of history, fantastic presentation.

    Grainne, Co. Louth.

  • Lovely place. Staff are really nice people, a delight to have met them.

    Damien and Fiona, Westmeath.


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