The GAA Museum marked Bloody Sunday’s 90th Anniversary with a commemorative lecture by Tim Pat Coogan on Saturday 20th November with a strong attendance at the event.
Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920 was an historic day for Ireland and for the Gaelic Athletic Association. On that day events outside of the GAA brought politics into the heart of the Association when British troops opened fire during a challenge football match between Dublin and Tipperary in Croke Park.
Tim Pat Coogan, one of Ireland's best known historical writers discussed these events which resulted in the deaths of 13 civilian spectators and one Tipperary footballer, Michael Hogan. Coogan’s lecture also examined the activities of Michael Collins' ‘Squad’, who had assassinated 14 undercover British agents the previous evening.
Dr. William Murphy, lrish Studies lecturer in DCU also spoke at the event and explored the relationship of the GAA with the events unleashed by revolutionary nationalism in Ireland during the period 1914-1920.
The GAA Museum also hosted two special Bloody Sunday commemorative guided tours at on Sunday last where visitors toured the stadium and museum, which houses items such as an original match ticket and the whistle used by referee Mick Sammon.
The GAA museum also commissioned a new plaque to mark the 90th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This plaque features pictures of both teams, and lists the names of the fourteen people who died at Croke Park on November 21st 1920. A wreath was placed at the plaque during the tour.
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The tours themselves recalled the history surrounding the lead-up to the events which resulted in the death of Tipperary footballer Michael Hogan, after whom the Hogan Stand was named.