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Tipperary To Wear Bloody Sunday Jerseys In Munster Football Final

Left to Right: – Picture (A) Tipperary & Dublin Jerseys. Picture (B) Michael Hogan. Picture (C) Rear of Tipperary Jersey worn on that day in 1920.

Tipperary Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) have confirmed that its county footballers will wear a replica jersey of that which was worn by the Premier county players on ‘Bloody Sunday’, when they take on Cork in the Munster final officially set for November 22nd 2020.

This decision was taken initially and announced by Tipperary GAA at a press conference in Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on February 22nd 2020, as part of the counties Bloody Sunday Commemoration Day. Croke Park has recently approved this jersey as the first official Tipperary Bloody Sunday replica, which will feature an image of Tipperary Football player Michael Hogan on the sleeve, along with the official Co. Tipperary and GAA crests.

Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan (Irish – Mícheál Ó hÓgáin), from Grangemockler, South Co. Tipperary, had been chosen to take part in a challenge match between Tipperary and Dublin on November 21st, 1920, and was one of 14 people killed by British military forces in Croke Park, Dublin.

The 2020 Munster Senior Football final will take place this year on Sunday November 22nd 2020; a day after the 100th anniversary of those who sadly were shot during the match, by “Black and Tans” who entered Croke Park and opened fire on the crowd.

On the Saturday prior to match day, November 20th 1920, Michael Hogan had travelled on the train to Dublin with some other members of his team. He and others got involved in a fight with soldiers from the Lincolnshire Regiment, before throwing them from the train.

Having arrived at Kingsbridge Station Dublin (Now renamed Heustan Station), they decided to split up going their separate ways in anticipation of possibly being arrested. Michael and another man, named as Thomas Ryan, both IRA team members, stayed at Philip Shanahan’s pub in Monto (Montgomery Street, latter then the largest red light district in Europe at the time), on that night, rather than staying in Barry’s Hotel as had been planned. Here both men became aware that some IRA action being planned, but were unaware of any of the actual details.

The following morning, publican Phil Shanahan informed them about the shooting of certain known British spies and agents. This operation by an elite assassination unit known as ‘The Squad’ had mounted an operation planned by General Michael Collins, latter then the director of IRA Intelligence; thus virtually crippling the British intelligence operation, which was working out of Dublin Castle.

Thomas Ryan would later claim that Dan Breen had advised them that it would be better not to attend the challenge match, but to return instead back to Co. Tipperary.

It was during this challenge match, in front of a crowd of some 15,000 people that Black and Tans entered Croke Park and opened fire. Michael Hogan was one of 14 people who sadly lost their lives. Also among the thirteen other victims were fourteen-year-old John Scott and eleven-year-old William Robinson, latter shot while sitting in a tree watching the game.

Today, the Hogan Stand within Croke Park; latter built in 1924, is named after the Co. Tipperary player Michael Hogan.

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