27 November 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The appeal by GAA President John Horan for members of the Association to light a candle on Saturday last, November 21 as a memorial to the 14 people who lost their lives in Croke Park in the events of “Bloody Sunday” 100 years previously was movingly responded to by Clontibret brothers and GAA devotees Edward and Jonathan Rooney, as our accompanying photographs by Northern Standard photographer Rory Geary attest.

As Edward and Jonathan performed their tribute in their Clontibret home, an evocative and melancholy ceremony was taking place in Croke Park itself, the lights of the brothers’ candle reflected in the flames lit at the corner of Hill 16 and the Cusack Stand, the only illumination visible inside the stadium as actor Brendan Gleeson stepped forward to read the names of the 14 people who lost their lives while watching Dublin play Tipperary at the venue on November 21 1920: Jane Boyle, James Burke, Daniel Carroll, Michael Feery, Michael Hogan, Tom Hogan, James Matthews, Patrick O’Dowd, Jerome O’Leary, William Robinson, Tom Ryan, John William Scott, James Teehan and Joseph Traynor.

They died when a mixed force of RIC and Auxiliaries arrived in armoured vehicles and began shooting indiscriminately into the crowds, in a perceived reprisal for the killing of undercover British intelligence agents by the IRA under the direction of Michael Collins earlier that morning during the Irish War of Independence. President Michael D Higgins and the GAA’s John Horan laid wreaths and Taoiseach Michéal Martin TD delivered the address. A specially commissioned piece of music, More Than A Game, accompanied a video….

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