Croker and the Brits

bloody-sundayToday Ireland play England in rugby in Croke Park, untill recently it was illegal to play the “foreign games” in the mecca of the GAA. My own father won medals for Dublin as a young fella and they were not given to him as it was found out that he was also playing rugby for Tarf.

Bloody Sunday was a day of violence on 21 November 1920 in Dublin, during the Irish War of Independence (19191921), which led to the deaths of more than 30 people.

The day began with the killing of fourteen of eighteen British agents of the Cairo Gang, or their informants, by the Irish Republican Army. Later that afternoon, British forces opened fire on the crowd at a Gaelic football match in Croke Park in north Dublin, killing 14 civilians, including the captain of the Tipperary football team, Michael Hogan. That same evening there were scattered shootings in the city streets, and three Irish prisoners in Dublin Castle were killed by their British captors under suspicious circumstances.

footage from the film Micheal Collins, a republican revolutionary and creator of the IRA, in which the day is portrayed.

History of croker from BBC:

Postcript; Ireland beat England, and might win the competition.

But, personally speaking, there is a huge difference between Rugby in Croker and the buzz of an all-Ireland final…. PURE PASSION!

And in case your not familiar with that funny game with the sticks, its Hurling, a traditional Gaelic game that has been played here on this island for thousands of years, its the fastest field sport in the world…


3 Responses to Croker and the Brits

  1. Mike says:

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  2. fuspey says:

    the queen of england visited croke park last month, report at

    As GAA president Christy Cooney pointed out to Her Majesty, the movement “constantly embodied the mood of the nation: culturally, socially and politically.” And for many fraught and fractious decades, that mood was very much set against an English monarch.

    But here was one, stepping into the light, shoulder to shoulder with the President of Ireland as the Artane Band played and the ghosts of Hill 16 breathed silent benediction. The Queen, seated near the dugout, turned to watch a short video on the history of the GAA. She faced into Hill 16, where 14 people were murdered by Crown forces in 1920.

    Then the royal party went up to the Hogan Stand, named after one of the Tipperary hurlers murdered on that day which became the first Bloody Sunday.

    There was little mention of that tortured history – no real need, as Her Majesty’s presence, and her actions over the previous 24 hours, spoke for her. It was a joyous occasion, the welcome warm and sincere.

  3. fuspey says:

    Heres BBC News Short doc on when the park opened up to allow Rugby be played there, to allow “foreign games” to be played.. This was a great moment to allow further “normalisation” between the 2 states that havent had the most peaceful of relationships over 800 years…

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