Official Opening - 'Hogan Stand', Croke Park, Dublin - 7th June, 1959.
The story of Michael Hogan will continue to be told as long as the Irish heart shall beat. The young footballer's life came to an abrupt end on the field of play in Croke Park on Sunday November 21st, 1920 - otherwise known as Bloody Sunday.
Michael Hogan's place on the field was the fullback position and the man from Grangemockler was a dab hand at stopping the ball. Little did he know that it would be a bullet he would be stopping that fateful day. It was 3.15pm when referee Mick Sammon threw in the ball and in less than 5 minutes British troops stormed the field and began shooting at the penned spectators. The firing continued indiscriminately for 90 seconds. Fourteen civilians died in Croe park that day including Michael Hogan. 70 civilians were injured including Thomas Ryan who was shot as he whispered an act of contrition to Hogan.
The Hogan Stand' was built in Croke Park to honour the fallen Tipperary player. This is the announcement of the official opening of the 'Hogan Stand' on 7th June, 1959.
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Dimensions: 16” X 10” approx