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  • Northside West

The people’s game!

Thursday, 30th August, 2018 8:00am
The people’s game!

The People of Croke Park Facebook page captures all the atmosphere.

The people’s game!

The People of Croke Park Facebook page captures all the atmosphere.

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A FANTASTIC Facebook page set up by two local photographers is capturing and documenting all the atmosphere of match days at Croke Park.

The People of Croke Park features snaps of the carnival atmosphere, the riot of colour, the jerseys, the Grandads and Grandsons, the traders, the touts, the flags, the burgers and the passion of the fans and the community around Croke Park when there’s a big game in town.

David Quinn and Matthew Spalding are the two amateur photographers behind the venture. They live in the shadow of Croker and share a passion for photography, performance and of course, the GAA. 

 “The atmosphere is fantastic and we felt we’d like to try and capture this,” said David.

“You point the camera at a group of fans and they instantly come alive for you, performing and roaring their county name.”

The photos capture the friendly interaction between the travelling circus of fans from all over the world, with each other, the gardai and community volunteers who are as much a part of the day as the fans or the men or women on the pitch. 

Matthew says he loves seeing family groupings where dads and mums are bringing kids to Croker as their own parents probably brought them.

“Father and son pairings in get me every time, particularly if the father is elderly,” he added.

“I always hope that it’s not the last time they get to enjoy a day at Croker.

“It’s like a right of passage for Irish families – to be brought to Croke Park for a match. We’re hoping that over the years, fans will be able to dip in and retrieve those memories.”

David and Matthew can be found with their cameras around Croker on match days – and they’ll be there once again next Sunday when hopefully the Dubs will be retaining the Sam Maguire.

Search People of Croke Park on Facebook and Instragram for a huge selection of match day photos.



Prints of photos can be ordered from the People of Croke Park Facebook page.

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