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Address: Carron | Co Clare, Carran, Ireland
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+353 65 708 9944
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Born in Carron in 1847, Michael Cusack founded the largest amateur sporting...

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,

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Educational .interesting to discover the roots of such a widespread organisation .displays of sports ,history and culture combined

Reviewed 17 April 2017
olikeane
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County Clare, Ireland
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County Clare, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Educational .interesting to discover the roots of such a widespread organisation .displays of sports ,history and culture combined

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

The beautiful landscape of Carron in the Burren is home to Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA so it's a must see for any GAA fans. Visitors can see culture and history in restored famine era thatched cottage. There are some activities and walking trails to Cahercommaugh Stone Fort and Cliff Fort. It's about 15-20 minutes from Ballyvaughn or Ennis.

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Antoinettecarron, Director of Sales at Michael Cusack Centre, responded to this review

Delighted you had a pleasant experience at the centre. Thank you. More 

Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Came across by accident by driving through The Burren. Never been an avid GAA fan, but the info we've been given by our guides was very interesting. Loved Irish thatched cottage with red door. Very interactive and great fun.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

I paid a visit here with my family in August 2016 and the place is very interesting. The Michael Cusack story is an extract from Irish social and economic history at the end of the 19th century and start of the 20th. Good displays and commentary. We were there with two small children (who weren't terribly interested!) and had a... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The centre is well worth a visit if only to meet two lovely ladies Antoinette and Agnes who were lovely to my daughter who was feeling under the weather I personally wouldn't be a stalwart fan of gaa but found it extremely interesting

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Dullstroom, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

A rainy day but such a warm welcome by the voluntary officers at the centre, even we were offered a coffee for free. The centre explains the very important role of Michael Cusack in education and sport for his Irish people that suffered a lot during the 19th century. For us hurling was a new sport. The exposition is wonderful... More 

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Old Brookville, New York
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

If you have seen or heard about GAA Hurling he was the one who brought the game into being. The counties are displayed and the grounds are magnificent. The self guided tour is informative and brings you in time with history. The guides are wonderful. I'm sure tour bus go but not when I was there. Peaceful and tranquil spot.... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

A lovely little visit and a very quaint center. I loved the thatched roof, stone building and red door--it was pure Ireland. It was also graced with simple but lovely gardens. I found it to be a very worthwhile visit while traveling throughout County Clare.

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Thank DoloresJacoby
Seoul, South Korea
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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... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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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.

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