- Jan 14, 2016
Bloody Sunday Commemoration before Dublin and Tipperary Final 21.11.1965
On this day, 21 November, in 1920, foreign occupation forces broke into Croke Park and began firing indiscriminately into the crowd watching Dublin play Tipperary. Eleven were murdered instantly and scores injured. Three more died of their injuries later. The invaders took out two Republican POWs on the same day and murdered them, along with a civilian who they thought might be an IRA Volunteer. This mass murder attack was a reprisal for Michael Collins' Squad having executed the Cairo Gang on the same morning in a co-ordinated operation across the city. The Cairo Gang were a group of English assassins that had been brought in to assassinate the elected representatives of the Irish people.
The names of the victims of the Croke Park mass shooting are,
- Jane Boyle (26) Dublin
- James Burke (44) Dublin
- Daniel Carroll (30) Tipperary (died 23 November)
- Michael Feery (40) Dublin
- Michael ‘Mick’ Hogan (24) Tipperary
- Tom Hogan (19) Limerick (died 26 November)
- James Matthews (38) Dublin
- Patrick O’Dowd (57) Dublin
- Jerome O’Leary (10) Dublin
- William Robinson (11) Dublin (died 23 November)
- Tom Ryan (27) Wexford
- John William Scott (14) Dublin
- James Teehan (26) Tipperary
- Joe Traynor (21) Dublin
Óglach Dick McKee (27), Briogáid Báile Átha Cliath
Óglach Peadar Clancy (32), Briogáid Báile Átha Cliath
The civilian tortured and murdered at Dublin Castle was,
Conor Clune (27) Clare
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam dílis.
I won't bother to mention the names of the English dogs who were exterminated by Collins and the Squad, but I'm sure some West Brit will be along to do it - and the Blue Shirts will be putting their names up with the rest of the Black and Tans in Glasnevin on the Wall of Shame.