BLOODY SUNDAY CENTENARY
In honour of the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the GAA Museum remembers the tragedy of Bloody Sunday with special commemorative guided tours of Croke Park.
The most infamous event in the history of the GAA occurred on Sunday November 21st 1920 when the War of Independence was raging in Ireland. That morning an assassination unit known as ‘the squad’, under the command of Michael Collins, mounted an operation to take out the backbone of the British intelligence network in Ireland. Following the operation 12 agents were dead. It is thought that the events that occurred later that day in Croke Park were in direct retaliation for these deaths.
Later that day a ‘great challenge’ football match took place between Tipperary and Dublin. Throw-in was at 3.15pm. With over 10,000 spectators gathered in Croke Park, British Auxiliary Forces were given orders to surround the stadium and block the exits. As the match continued, an armed convoy began shooting and moved inside the grounds. Rapid fire continued for about 90 seconds after which 13 people, including one player, lay dead and a further spectator died later in hospital.
On this commemorative tour, our knowledgeable guides will outline the events of the day and discuss the impact Bloody Sunday had on the GAA and Ireland. Students will also visit the GAA Museum with their tour guide to learn more about this tragic event. This Tour consists of:
1. National Awakenings
We begin with the ultimate scene setter – a screening of our specially commissioned National Awakenings film. This film will bring history to life for the students, showing original footage of Croke Park in the 1920’s and charting the birth of the GAA at a time of cultural revival in Ireland.
2. Ericsson Skyline Tour
Get a birds’ eye view of some of the key sites in Dublin City from Bloody Sunday, from 17 stories high. Sights that can be seen include Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park.
3. Croke Park Stadium Tour
The group then enter the stadium itself, where they will visit the Bloody Sunday Remembrance plaque and go pitch side to hear about that events that took place inside the stadium on Bloody Sunday.
4. Museum Exhibition
The visit concludes in the GAA Museum where the group will have the opportunity to view fascinating artefacts from this period including a match ticket from Bloody Sunday, the referee’s whistle and a pair of glasses last worn at the match. Other relevant highlights include: an original copy of the Irish Proclamation and Michael Collins’ minute book from when he was secretary of Geraldines GAA Club, London.
- Duration is approximately 2 hours and includes a visit to the GAA Museum.
- Inspriation for Leaving Certificate research topic.
- Ericsson Skyline aspect operates at a height, so please ensure appropriate clothing is worn.
- Cost is €15 per student (with a minimum of 10 students)