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On the 21st November 1920, fourteen civilians lost their lives as a result of injuries they sustained while attending a challenge football match between Dublin and Tipperary in Croke Park.  During the match crown forces opened fire on approximately 10,000 spectators.

That same morning an elite assassination unit known as 'The Squad', under the leadership of Michael Collins, had systematically shot twelve British Intelligence officers. It is believed that crown forces came to Croke Park later that afternoon to uncover members of The Squad among the spectators.

In 2002 the British Public Record Office at Kew released a file containing the official Military Court of Inquiry into the deaths at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday 21st November 1920.

These papers are available at the museum to researchers and students for viewing by appointment only.  To arrange a viewing, please contact the museum's Archivist -