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    Michael Foley(Author)

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On the morning of 21 November 1920, Jane Boyle walked to Sunday Mass in the church where she would be married five days later. That afternoon she went with her fiancé to watch Tipperary and Dublin play a Gaelic football match at Croke Park. Across the city fourteen men lay dead in their beds after a synchronised IRA attack designed to cripple British intelligence services in Ireland. Trucks of police and military rumbled through the city streets as hundreds of people clamoured at the metal gates of Dublin Castle seeking refuge. Some of them were headed for Croke Park.

Award-winning journalist and author Michael Foley recounts the extraordinary story of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park and the 90 seconds of shooting that changed Ireland forever. In a deeply intimate portrait he tells for the first time the stories of those killed, the police and military personnel who were in Croke Park that day, and the families left shattered in its aftermath, all against the backdrop of a fierce conflict that stretched from the streets of Dublin and the hedgerows of Tipperary to the halls of Westminster.

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  • PDF | 296 pages
  • Michael Foley(Author)
  • The O'Brien Press (1 Jun. 2015)
  • English
  • 2
  • History

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  • By Guest on 19 March 2017

    OK

  • By Dee on 4 June 2017

    As close to a definitive account of a critical day in Irish history as you are likely to get. Well researched and crafted.

  • By Ja's The Man on 20 January 2015

    It's structured very well, separated into four different parts,and gives you a really good account of the politics and atmosphere of the time, the early days of the GAA and also just a personal account of players and normal citizens. The chapter describing the attack on Croke Park is absolutely brilliant, it plays out like a film in front of you, and I mean that as a compliment, not like the Michael Collins nonsense. The chapter on the funerals is also very well written and emotive.A reviewer said that there was a 'bizarre focus' on Tipperary. Considering Tipperary were one of the teams playing in the game, had a player killed, and the county the epicentre of IRA activity at the time, I'm struggling to see his objection.The same reviewer's complaint about there being too many names has a bit more basis. There are times when you might struggle to place some characters, specifically military and police personnel seeing as they're all Sergeant/Major/etc, but it's unavoidable mentioning these people in a factual recounting of the events and never really detrimental to the story. You just might have to take a glance at the list of names and positions given at the beginning of the book every now and again.After doing so much Irish history in school, I was a bit jaded by the whole period but reading this has definitely reignited my interest in it. Gets the mix of history, politics and sport spot on. Would recommend it to anyone, no matter there knowledge of the events!

  • By Mark Fitzell on 10 August 2017

    One of the best books I have read on this period of Irish history. A history book and a great sports book. Makes you feel like you're on the terrace of Croke Park on Bloody Sunday. Highly recommend.

  • By Cúlbaire on 9 December 2014

    This book is better than your average sports book. In fact compared with a lot of autobiographies and sports stories presently available it is book of real substance. A book that tells the story of a stadium full of football fans that fell victim to one of the bloodiest atrocities committed against the Irish population during the Irish war of Independence. On 21 November 1920 thousands of unarmed civilians were fired upon and killed by British Crown forces in response to an IRA attack earlier in the day. The book is carefully crafted and gives a detailed background to the events leading up to the day. The author has clearly done an enormous amount of research and presents his findings in a manner that really paints a vivid picture of what life was like in Ireland at that time. This is a sporting book that incorporates history and culture. Of particular interest to anyone who is interested in Irish history or the GAA.

  • By Guest on 17 December 2014

    This book puts a deal of folklore and stories about that horrific day into a historical, factual context. It is a gripping read and the descriptions of Dublin are wonderful.It would, I suggest, have added to the narrative if the public houses etc. referred to were given their present day names where they still exist.It is regrettable that the commemorative game played each November up to the 1970s, I think, was dis -continued.

  • By Guest on 2 February 2015

    An absolutely remarkable book, an utterly fantastic read. Heartbreaking and thought provoking. Impossible to put down from page one. Amazing

  • By Noel Loughran on 2 March 2015

    A good mixture of sport and history. Brilliantly told, this is a real page turner and a must read for any gaa enthusiast. Highly recommended.


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