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Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan
Grangemockler, Tipperary
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B100dy Sunday

The Story
The Story
Croke Park - 21 November 1920
No one could imagine what was coming, even those who expected the worst. There had been talk of the city being burned by gangs of Auxiliaries and Black and Tans
The GAA Remembers
We remember the 14 people who went to a match but never came home
  1. 09:00

    IRA cells launch attacks across Dublin on the homes and lodging houses of alleged British spies and agents, killing 14 people.

  2. 10:00-11:00

    News of the killings has reached the British administration at Dublin Castle. Plans are made to perform a search operation at Croke Park during the Dublin-Tipperary football game taking place that afternoon

  3. 11:30

    The first game of the day at Croke Park begins, a replay of the Dublin intermediate football final between Erins Hope and Dunleary Commercials. Dunleary win their first ever title

  4. 12.05

    Joseph Traynor leaves home in Ballymount, outside Dublin, cycling to Croke Park. He is later shot twice in the back at Croke Park

  5. 14:00

    Tom Ryan leaves home in Stoneybatter for Croke Park. He dies whispering a prayer to the dying Tipperary player, Michael Hogan. James Burke leaves Windy Arbour for Croke Park. He is crushed in the stampede

  6. 14:30

    James Teehan, bar owner, leaves Green Street in the city centre for Croke Park. He is crushed in the crowd trying to escape. Daniel Carroll leaves the pub in Drumcondra where he works. He is shot in the leg as he leaves the ground and dies two days later

  7. 14:45

    The game between Tipperary and Dublin is delayed by 30 minutes due to the huge crowd still entering Croke Park. The attendance numbers around 15,000

  8. 15:15

    The game begins. Soldiers arrive from Collinstown Aerodrome and take positions along Clonliffe Road to control the crowd as they exit the ground after the police searches inside Croke Park. An airplane overhead circles the pitch and fires off a flare

  9. 15:25

    Over a dozen trucks containing RIC, Black and Tans and Auxiliary police arrive on the canal bridge outside Croke Park

  10. 15:26

    The firing starts from the canal bridge. Eleven-year-old William Robinson, sitting in a tree watching the game, is the first victim. The shooting lasts 90 seconds and claims 14 lives.

  11. 17:00-17:30

    The last spectators are searched and the Tipperary team corralled against the Railway wall at the Hill 60 end of the ground, are released by Major EL Mills, commanding officer of the Auxiliary force.

Graves Project 1
The Graves Project
Ensuring the lives lost are never forgotten
For over 90 years, eight victims lay in unmarked graves
Bloody Sunday HomePage - The Archive
The Archive
An expanding collection from 1920
The match ticket, the ball, the whistle, portraits of those lost
  1. 1912

    11 April - Home Rule Bill introduced in the House of Commons

  2. 1913

    31 January - Ulster Volunteers established

  3. 1913

    25 November - Irish Volunteers established

  4. 1914

    4 August - United Kingdom declared war on Germany

  5. 1916

    24 April - Easter Rising began in Dublin

  6. 1917

    3 February - Count Plunkett won the Roscommon North by-election, the first of a series of such victories for radical nationalist candidates

  7. 1917

    25 September - Thomas Ashe died on hunger strike at Mountjoy prison

  8. 1917

    26 October - Sinn Féin Ard Fheis took place in Dublin

  9. 1917

    27 October - Irish Volunteer national convention took place at Croke Park, Dublin

  10. 1918

    23 April - Nationalist opposition to the threat of conscription culminated in a general strike

  11. 1918

    4 August - Gaelic Sunday: the GAA organised a successful mass protest against a new legal obligation to acquire a permit to hold a match

  12. 1918

    14 December - The general election took place (in Ireland, Sinn Féin won 73 seats; Unionists 26; Irish Party 6)

  13. 1919

    21 January - First public meeting of Dáil Éireann took place at the Mansion House, Dublin; two RIC constables shot dead by the Irish Volunteers at Soloheadbeg, Tipperary

  14. 1919

    1 April - Eamon de Valera elected President of Dáil Éireann (this followed his escape from prison in February)

  15. 1919

    30 July - Detective Patrick Smyth of the DMP, G Division, ambushed by the IRA in Drumcondra (the first in a pattern of such shootings).

  16. 1919

    September - Dáil Loan appeal was launched by Michael Collins’s Department of Finance

  17. 1919

    12 September - Dáil Éireann was proclaimed as illegal

  18. 1919

    19 December - IRA attempted to assassinate Lord French, Lord Lieutenant

  19. 1919

    27 December - The recruitment of a new cohort of RIC constables was authorised: the origin of the ‘Black and Tans’

  20. 1920

    20 March - Tomás MacCurtain, Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, was shot by police

  21. 1920

    3-4 April - IRA destroyed RIC barracks across Ireland in a co-ordinated attack, marking an escalation in the conflict

  22. 1920

    14-16 April - 90 Irish Volunteer prisoners released from Mountjoy prison following a hunger strike (supported by a general strike)

  23. 1920

    9 August - The Restoration of Order in Ireland Act became law

  24. 1920

    20 September - Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, was sacked by crown forces following the killing of a local policeman (this was one of a growing number of such ‘reprisals’)

  25. 1920

    25 October - Terence MacSwiney died on hunger strike at Brixton prison (during the same month, Michael Fitzgerald and Joseph Murphy died on a parallel strike at Cork prison)