Casement Park

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A sports stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that is the primary stadium of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and stages matches of Gaelic football, and hurling. It was opened in 1953, named after Irish Republican hero Sir Roger Casement (1864–1916). Knighted by Britain for his contribution to bettering the lot of the oppressed peoples of the South Americas, he returned his decorations in 1915 and dedicated himself to the political and nationalist cause of what he called ‘the white Indians of Ireland’. He travelled to Berlin the following year, unsuccessfully seeking arms supplies from Germany to support the Irish nationalists. Returned to Ireland's west coast by German submarine the following year, he was immediately arrested and hanged for treason in London in 1916. The naming of the GAA's stadium is powerful testimony to the political and cultural significance that can be attached to sporting sites and spaces.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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