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A casualty is carried away during the Irish War of Independence in Dublin  (Photo by Sean Sexton/Getty Images)

A casualty is carried away during the Irish War of Independence in Dublin (Photo by Sean Sexton/Getty Images)

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A casualty is carried away during the Irish War of Independence in Dublin (Photo by Sean Sexton/Getty Images)

This weekend marks the centenary of Dublin's 'Bloody Sunday' or as the British referred to it as 'Black Sunday' during the Anglo-Irish War. The day began when 15 men were shot dead, many of them intelligence agents who were systematically targeted for their effectiveness at disrupting the IRA's war. Given the pattern of the conflict it was highly likely that a reprisal would follow. As it transpired, one did arrive in brutal fashion at Croke Park during a Dublin versus Tipperary GAA football game. Security forces turned up at the ground and engaged the crowd (and some players) with gunfire resulting in the deaths of 14 civilians. By the end of the day 32 people had been killed in Dublin in what has become one of the most notorious episodes in Irish history.

The events of 'Bloody Sunday' are well documented if less well agreed upon, and they will no doubt receive substantial coverage in the coming days. However, I want to use the centenary to share the story of another event from that day, one that has been understandably overshadowed by the events in Dublin.


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