GAA plan Croke Park Easter Rising event

The GAA have announced plans for a major event in Croke Park to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The proposed event will take place on April 24, coinciding with football finals at the venue and the date of the beginning of the Rising, and will be broadcast on television.

An artistic director is expected to be appointed soon to begin work on the project with a large focus expected to be on the Hill 16 section of the stadium which was built from rubble transported from O'Connell Street to Croke Park after the Rising. 

The stadium also featured prominently during the Irish War of Independence when 14 people were shot dead by British forces during a game in November 1920.

As well as marking events within the Decade of Centenaries, it's understood there will also be an emphasis on looking forward to the GAA's role in Ireland's future. 

The organisations have also commissioned a history of its role in Irish life during the 1913-23 period, consisting of up to 10 academic essays.

History seminars will accompany the launch of the book later in 2015 while an online digital archive allowing people to access GAA library documents, such as digitised minute books from across the country, is also being planned.