Ceremony to mark Hogan death


The Co Tipperary footballer shot dead in Croke Park in 1920 willl be honoured in his home village today.

Michael Hogan (24), was one of 14 civilians killed when British forces opened fire on the crowd during a challenge game in the Dublin stadium.

The day became known as "Bloody Sunday", and the Hogan Stand in Croke Park was later named after the player, who hailed from Grangemockler near Clonmel.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled in Grangemockler today by new GAA president Christy Cooney to mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA. A memorial mass and wreath-laying service at the player’s graveside will also take place.

Grangemockler GAA club spokesman Mick Pender said; “These events will be a fitting tribute to Michael who is still fondly remembered to this day.

“His family still live in the area and they will form a central part of the activities. It will be a very special weekend for the Hogan family, the club and the GAA.”

Two challenge games between Tipperary and Kilkenny in hurling and Kerry and Dublin in football will also be staged in Grangemockler this weekend.

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

Other events planned to mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA during 2009 include a ceremony to re-dedicate the graves of the founding members of the organisation. Earlier this year, the GAA led the St Patrick’s Day parade through Dublin and a commemorative coin was launched by the Central Bank.

The GAA Museum in Croke Park features exhibits relating to Bloody Sunday including the original Tipperary v Dublin match ticket and the whistle used by Co Kildare referee Mick Sammon on the day.

A laced leather ball from the game fetched €30,000 - more than double its expected price - at a Dublin auction last month.

The GAA Museum recently acquired copies of contemporary British security documents on Bloody Sunday which can be viewed by visitors.