Anyone who didn’t realise the centrality of Croke Park to life in Ireland will assuredly be left in little doubt come next month. Not only will the queen of England be paying a visit to the hallowed ground but now the GAA has been asked to reserve the stadium on May 22 for a possible rally there by the visiting US president, Barack Obama.

According to The Sunday Business Post, the White House is considering holding a rally in what would surely be an 80,000 sell-out – although what he would make of The Hill is open to conjecture! Apparently, it all depends if the president arrives on Sunday May 22 or on the following day. In either scenario, he is due to fly out on Tuesday May 24.


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