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Croke Park


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Thomas William Croke (1824—1902) Roman Catholic archbishop of Cashel

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A sport stadium in Dublin, Ireland, named after Archbishop Thomas Croke, where the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has traditionally staged its Gaelic football and hurling matches. On the afternoon of Sunday 21 November 1920, British Auxiliary security forces opened fire among the crowd at a Dublin versus Tipperary Gaelic football match. This was a military response to the killing of twelve British spies in Dublin that morning. Thirteen people, including the Tipperary captain Michael Hogan, were killed in the stadium. Revoking its Rule 42 that banned foreign sports, in February 2007 the GAA permitted the Ireland rugby union side to play its fixtures there in the Six Nations Rugby Union tournament, against first France, and then England. That the Ireland side's record-breaking victory over the English passed without political incident or controversy is testimony to sport's capacity to symbolize cultural and political meanings and processes.

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