20|20 Centenary: The GAA’s complex relationship with the nationalist struggle

What happened in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday passed into the story of the Irish revolution.

t became a key reference point, presented as evidence of the violence of the British regime, of callousness and cruelty, of disregard for the lives of the ‘mere’ Irish. It was the ultimate indictment of empire. That the brutality was compounded by the crass denials and cover-ups was taken as further proof of what lay at the heart of British rule in Ireland.

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