Bloody Sunday footballer honoured

A Co Tipperary footballer shot dead in Croke Park in 1920 is being honoured in his home village.

A Co Tipperary footballer shot dead in Croke Park in 1920 is being honoured in his home village.

Michael Hogan was one of 14 civilians killed on Bloody Sunday when British forces opened fire on the crowd during a challenge game in the Dublin stadium.

The events were fictionalised in the 1996 film about Michael Collins directed by Neil Jordan and the Hogan Stand in Croke Park was later named after the 24-year-old player.

A commemorative plaque is being unveiled by new GAA president Christy Cooney later this month in Hogan’s home village of Grangemockler, near Clonmel, to mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA.

A memorial mass and wreath-laying service at the player’s graveside will also take place.

The GAA Museum includes exhibits relating to Bloody Sunday including an original Tipperary v Dublin match ticket on November 21 and replica jerseys worn in the 'Michael Collins' film.

Also on display is the whistle used by Co Kildare referee Mick Sammon on the day.

“The Museum has recently acquired copies of contemporary British security documents on Bloody Sunday and these can be viewed by visitors,” said a spokeswoman.

Two challenge games between Tipperary and Kilkenny in hurling and Kerry and Dublin in football will also be staged in Grangemockler on May 16-17.

The programme includes lectures on the history of the GAA and the significance of Bloody Sunday.

“These two matches come at a crucial time for teams that find themselves at an advanced stage of their championship preparations and the respective management teams will be anxious to put the finishing touches to their championship line-ups,” a GAA spokesman said.

Other events planned to mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA include a ceremony to re-dedicated the graves of the founding members of the organisation.

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