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21 November 2023

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Bridge at Croke Park named Bloody Sunday Bridge

• Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha

The 14 people murdered by British crown forces on Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920, have been honoured with the naming of Bloody Sunday Bridge beside Croke Park where they were shot. 

 It was from the bridge that the British forces fired their first shots before entering the GAA grounds and they still echo in Dublin and far beyond to this day. The Commemorations and Naming Committee of Dublin City Council agreed to the naming of the bridge on the proposal of the local community and relatives of the dead.  

The ongoing war crimes of Israel in Gaza were very much in our minds as we gathered on 20 November for the naming ceremony. Like the Israeli government now, the British government then lied to cover up its war crime. 

As soon the Croke massacre was over, the lies began. British propagandist Basil Clarke in Dublin Castle issued an ‘official account’ to the press. It claimed that the purpose of the British operation was to search the crowd for members of the Tipperary IRA which “was known to include some of the most desperate characters in that organisation” and that a search for arms “might result in the identification of some of these men with the morning’s assassinations”. This was the pretext. The excuse for the murders was later described by the GAA as “too ridiculous” to consider. 

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