GAA members are being asked to light a candle this Saturday, November 21, in memory of the 14 people who were killed by British forces in and around Croke Park on Bloody Sunday 100 years ago.
Speaking on Morning Ireland yesterday GAA President John Horan said that “What we would like is that the GAA membership throughout the country, in memory of these people that were actually shot that day, would light a candle in their own individual homes next Saturday evening as a memory in their family of those who were lost.”
“I think that would get us all together as a GAA family to put our minds to what actually happened 100 years ago on the 21st of November.”
Plans to commemorate the day have changed dramatically in light of Covid-19 restrictions and nobody could have imagined that they would now take place in advance of the playing of the Leinster men’s Senior Football Championship final.
It was Dublin and Tipperary that were playing 100 years ago. In 2020 it is Dublin and Meath, with Tipperary lining out for the Munster Football Final on Sunday.
They will wear a replica of the white and green shirt worn that day 100 years ago. Team sponsors Teneo have foregone their position on the shirt front so that it can be closer to how it was.
“We will be laying wreaths in Croke Park at the site where Michael Hogan was shot,” continued Horan, and we’ll also be lighting 14 torches on Hill 16 to remember the 14 individuals who were killed because we’re trying to portray an image of 14 people, not a statistic, but 14 individuals across a range of schoolboys, a girl who was due to get married, fathers, brothers.”
“Everyone of us, I’m quite sure, who have gone to sporting occasions can relate to this in a great way in the context of they went to a game but those 14 individuals never came home.”
“We have been conscious that we would celebrate this occasion in a proper manner. What we’ve been doing is we engaged with the families early on throughout the process and we had relatives of those victims in Croke Park earlier in the year.”
“And we also engaged in a project of marking the resting place of the individuals concerned by putting headstones on seven of the graves with the families in Glasnevin Cemetery over the last number of years.
“So it’s about making the individual stories of these 14 people very much the centre of what we’re trying to do.
Sport for Business is commemorating the centenary with a series of five pieces of content over five days:
Wednesday: Telling the Story of Bloody Sunday in the Digital Age
Thursday: The Graves Project as a Lasting Legacy
Friday: Remembering the Victims
Saturday: The Commemoration from Croke Park 100 Years On
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