Although last night saw Dublin claim victory over Meath in the Leinster Senior Football Cup, it also marked the 100-year anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre at Croke Park, one of the key events of the War of Independence from the UK.
The shootings at Croke Park were a reprisal for an earlier incident that morning, in which members of Michael Collins' squad shot and killed 14 members of British intelligence, commonly referred to as the Cairo Gang. At 3.15PM, members of the Black and Tans, the Auxiliaries and the Royal Irish Constabulary opened fire on the crowd of 5,000 people, killing 14 people and wounding 80. Two children were among the dead.
Last night, in an empty Croke Park, actor Brendan Gleeson read out the names of those who were murdered, and how they came to be at Croke Park in 1920 and where they died that day.
Here's the video.
'In 90 seconds, 14 people lay dead and mortally wounded on the field and banks of Croke Park and on the streets outside. Tonight, 100 years on, we pause to remember them all: the 14 who went to a match, and never came home.'#B100dySunday pic.twitter.com/pjmQpt8EWc
— The GAA (@officialgaa) November 21, 2020