Dara O’Briain Takes Etihad Skyline Tour
5 July 2012
Comedian ends latest Irish tour visit on a high!
Having added his voice to the audio guide introduction which visitors to the Etihad Skyline Tour at Croke Park Stadium listen to while taking the tour, Dara O’Briain today took time to experience the tour for himself on the roof of the iconic stadium.
A life-long fan of Ireland’s national games and a regular attendee at matches in what he calls the "Cathedral of Irish Sport", Dara O’Briain finally got to enjoy the latest development in the history of Croke Park, one in which he now plays a small part.
The Etihad Skyline Tour has attracted large numbers since it opened to the public on Friday 1st June offering visitors the most spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its surroundings from 44 meters or 17 storeys above the ground.
Normally taking two hours for groups of up to 30 people, Dara got to enjoy a tour of the Etihad Skyline with one of the experienced tour guides following a full briefing in the stadium dressing room.
As part of his much-anticipated tour, Dara saw the five viewing platforms along the walkway which offer a unique perspective of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. Among the more notable landmarks Dara got to see were Glasnevin Cemetery, Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings.
Dara also seized the opportunity to make his Etihad Skyline experience even more memorable by walking out from the stadium roof onto the specially designed walkway which is suspended above the Croke Park pitch and view the famous arena from a completely different and breath-taking perspective.
Commenting after the tour, Dara O’Briain said, “Well, I've done it and it was spectacular! What a fantastic idea to open the stadium roof to visitors. Even if you were just looking down onto the pitch it would be worth the entry fee; just to see a Dublin icon from such a unique angle. But then to turn and take in the view across the city! Breath-taking! Admittedly, that open walkway might even be too much of an adrenalin rush for a nervous soul like me, but all the way through the tour you're gaping at the view, pointing out the sights and marvelling out loud "why did no-one think of doing this before?"
The Etihad Skyline tours operate on a first come, first served basis. Vouchers can be purchased online and are available for adults, children, seniors or students and families. The tour leaves from the GAA Museum located under the Cusack Stand in Croke Park.