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Here's your chance to win an Irish News School Trip to Croke Park

Padraig Kelly

Irish News School Trip to Croke Park

WE'VE all watched our GAA heroes emerge from the Croke Park tunnel and run out onto the famous sod down through the years - and five sets of school

children now have to chance to add their names to the list of stars that have graced the famous venue.

That's because the 'Irish News School Trip to Croke Park' competition is back for another year and it will bring five sets of winners to the Dublin venue on June 18 and 19.

Those days will have a jam-packed itinerary to ensure that it's a trip that will live long in the memory of all those in attendance.

Not only will pupils get the opportunity to run down the tunnel, but they will be given a pep talk in the changing rooms beforehand by a famous GAA star.

They will get to ask questions and hear what it's like to play in front of 82,000 people roaring you on from the stands.

Also included in the day's match programme will be bus transfers to the ground, a stadium tour, activity time in the GAA museum while lunch will also be provided in the Croke Park Hotel.

In order to be one of the lucky five primary school winners, all you have to do is collect tokens that will be appearing in The Irish News over the coming weeks. The winners will be able to bring a class of up to 30 people on the trip.

Thomas Hawkins, Irish News sports editor, is encouraging as many schools as possible to enter for "a trip that will live long in the memory for those who are lucky enough to win.

"It's a great experience, get started on your entry now, it's a special sporting day out.

"To get the chance to explore this famous stadium up close and personal is such a unique experience.

"As well as that, the museum tour is something that is really worth experiencing.

"It's a chance to learn about the legends of the past and the stars of today, while the interactive game zone is always a popular stop-off point on the trip."

John Brolly, The Irish News marketing manager, said: "Visiting Croke Park on a non-game day really allows you to experience something really special as the tour takes in different aspects of the

stadium - the presentation area of the cup to the winning teams, pitch side as well as the heights of the media centre.

"The highlight is experiencing the changing rooms and warm-up area that the teams prepare in before they take to the pitch for their all important games at GAA HQ."

Schools need collector cards, which can be downloaded on the Irish News website at

You need 25 tokens to complete each collector card, but there is no limit on the number of entries you can make: the more often you enter, the better your chances of winning a trip to Croke Park.

Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 5.

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