National Football Exhibition officially launched

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National Football Exhibition officially launched

The official opening of the National Football Exhibition at Printworks, Dublin Castle proved to be a fantastic occasion and one of the highlights of the week leading up to the EURO 2020 Qualifying Draw.
2nd Dec 2018

FAI CEO John Delaney was able to launch the Exhibition in a room packed with Lord Mayor for Dublin, Nial Ring, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny, and members of Ireland's EURO 88 squad.

There were also many special guests present, including artist Danny Earls, jersey curator Eddie O'Mahony, programme collectors Gary Spain & Michael Hayes, and CP international Gary Messett, who all made contributions to the Exhibition.

In order to promote the UEFA European Championships coming to Dublin in 2020 - with four games set to be played at Aviva Stadium - the Football Association of Ireland, Dublin City Council and The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport joined forces to create a National Football Exhibition.

The Exhibition will open to the public on the day of the Qualifying Draw for UEFA EURO 2020 - Sunday, December 2. And it will remain open until December 9, before traveling to seven different venues around Ireland throughout 2019 and 2020 and then returning to Dublin for the tournament.

The Exhibition provides free access to anyone interested in learning about 60 years of the tournament, reliving some golden Irish footballing memories, discovering rare memorabilia, programmes, jerseys & artefacts, and having fun with the interactive stations & photobooth.

The Exhibition is made up of six zones, with each zone designed to give you an overview of the various different aspects of football in Ireland, the impact this has around the country, some of your favourite and most memorable National and International moments and a look at some of the most iconic moments over the last 60 years of the EUROs. The zones will be made up of memorabilia displays and interactive stations with videos, quizzes and an opportunity to step up to the mic and record your own commentary. 

Download the National Football Exhibition App now ahead of your visit.

Printworks, Dublin Castle Opening Times
Sunday December 2nd– 11:00 – 19:00
Monday December 3rd– 11:00 – 19:00
Tuesday December 4th– 11:00 – 19:00
Wednesday December 5th- 11:00 – 19:00
Thursday December 6th- 11:00 – 17:00
Friday December 7th- 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday December 8th- 11:00 – 21:00
Sunday December 9th- 11:00 – 19:00

Additional Venues
Sligo – February 2019
Cork – March 2019
Limerick – June 2019
Waterford – August 2019
Donegal – September 2019
Dundalk – February 2020
Galway – March 2020
Dublin – June 2020

Click here to read everything you need to know about the Qualifying Draw