The birthplace of the GAA, the iconic Hayes Hotel in Thurles, will be auctioned for sale later this month with an asking price of €500,000.
The pinnacle of the hurling calendar takes place this Sunday when Tipperary take on Kilkenny in Croke Park, a long ways removed from November 1 1884 when seven men gathered in the hotel in Thurles to found the Gaelic Athletic Association.
The venue, a hugely popular spot among GAA supporters on a championship weekend in the town, will go under the hammer at the RDS later this month and auctioneers are expecting a great deal of interest in the property.
“We are very excited about Hayes Hotel, it has already gained a lot of pre-auction interest," said Robert Hoban, Director of Auctions, Allsop Space.
"We will know its destiny on 16th September and we hope that it continues to be an integral part of the community in Thurles and for GAA fans up and down the country.”
Former GAA president Sean Kelly MEP has been vocal in his opinion that the GAA should evaluate the possibility of buying its historic birthplace or consider other ways to preserve the building.
Located in the centre of the town, the hotel comprises of a reception, lounge bar, coffee dock, two nightclubs together with 30 ensuite bedrooms and a valuation of the property has been set at between €450,000 to €500,000.