The Tipperary team
Jane Boyle woke up on 21 November 1920 in blissful happiness. Five days out from her wedding to her beloved Daniel Byron from Tipperary, all seemed perfect in her world. Her wedding trousseau was brimming with linen, crockery, plates, cutlery and various trinkets while her carefully embroidered wedding dress and delicate veil hung patiently awaiting the moment she would walk proudly up the aisle and become Mrs. Jane Byron. That morning she went to mass in St. Kevin’s Church on Harrington St., the very place she was to be married in five days. Instead, four days later her lifeless body lay still in a coffin as the church bore witness to her sad funeral.
Jane, 26, a shop assistant at Spiedel’s Butchers on Talbot St., was the only woman to die on Bloody Sunday. The daughter of Jane and Thomas, a foreman in a coachbuilding firm, she grew up on Lower Baggot St. and by 1920 had moved to a red-bricked, two-storey house on Lennox St. in Portobello where she lived when her sister Mary, her husband and children in the then-thriving working class and Jewish quarter of Dublin’s south inner city. Her neighbours included Russian and Lithuanian Jews who fled the pogroms of 1880 and settled in the capital where they established businesses, spoke Yiddish, opened synagogues and kosher butchers in the locality.
She was employed as a charge girl who collected money from customers and returned their change.
A devotee to the nationalistic cause, one day she spotted republicans Tom Keogh, Paddy O’Daly and Joe Leonard walking past the shop. Realising that police were stopping and searching people further up the street, she quickly raced out, called them back and hid their guns in the butchers until later on when they returned. No doubt her quick-thinking actions saved these three men from arrest.
Ireland in 1920 was a dangerous place as the War of Independence raged furiously and she was working the day Tipperary’s Seán Treacy was shot and killed outside the Speidel’s Butchers after a raid on The Republican Outfitters where he was hiding. Indeed, a bullet pierced the front window of the shop and lodged in the ceiling above the staff. Later that same day Keogh, O’Daly and Leonard were walking back along the street and she warned them about the raid which had ended Treacy’s life and advised them to avoid that part of Talbot St. She also offered to hide any guns that they might have but they declined fearing that they might need them later.
Treacy’s death hadn’t been the only violence she encountered. On 22 March earlier that year soldiers were singing Rule Britannia when they were attacked by locals with stones. One soldier was shot in the chest as they retreated past her home on Lennox St. while two civilians were killed in the same incident, one a neighbour (a van driver) and the other a 19-year-old domestic servant.
Jane went to Croke Park on Bloody Sunday with her fiancé Daniel, a motor mechanic, to cheer on their beloved Dublin side as they took on Tipperary. They found a spot on the half-way line where the Cusack Stand today proudly looks down on Archbishop Croke’s sod. Linking arms, they enjoyed the opening ten minutes or so as Tipperary dominated proceedings but failed to make any impressio n on the scoreboard when shots rang out and William “Perry” Robinson (11) and Jerome O’Leary (10) became the first two victims of the British authorities attack on innocent civilians enjoying a football match.
Jane gripped Daniel’s arm tightly as they tried to manoeuvrer their way through the now panicked hordes of spectators towards Belvedere wall as around them people were being trampled upon by terrified throngs when Daniel felt her grip suddenly loosen. Jane had been shot in the back and he helplessly watched her disappear under the heaving crowd as he got carried away from her dying body.
Jane was buried on the following Thursday morning in grave BG48½. Despite the authorities order that only family and close friends could attend the funerals of the Bloody Sunday victims and no flags, banners or public displays were permitted, St. Kevin’s Church was packed with a further one thousand mourners outside. To add further insult her fiancé Daniel had to be restrained as her funeral was made wait while a military funeral passed by. Jane’s funeral cortege travelled across the city to Glasnevin cemetery where her coffin was carried to its final resting place by her brothers Peter, James and Thomas and her fiancé Daniel. On a desperately horrific day, five other victims, Patrick O’Dowd, Billy Scott, James Matthews, Daniel Carroll and Tom Ryan were also buried while Jerome O’Leary was laid to rest in the same graveyard the day before.
Jane lay for 95 years in an unmarked grave as her family, fearful of reprisals, did not erect a headstone. Over time she faded into memory until the publication of Michael Foley’s The Bloodied Field which revived the story of that awful day and in 2015 president of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghail unveiled a headstone in her memory.
The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley
The Irish Times Family remembers forgotten victim of Bloody Sunday by Peter Murtagh 14 November 2015
This year marks the centenary of one of the darkest days in not just the history of the GAA, but of the country as a whole when fourteen people went to Croke Park to see Tipperary play Dublin in a football match and never came home. Bloody Sunday is etched into the fabric of the GAA and is even closer to the hearts of Tipperary people as we lost three men that day, James Teehan, Michael Hogan and Daniel Carroll. Loughmore Castleiney are very proud of their connections to the team with Bill Ryan and Jim Ryan on the starting fifteen however there is another less well-known link to that awful day.
Daniel Carroll, 31, from Ballincarra House, Templederry who was one of the fourteen victims is related to the McGraths on the Loughmore Castleiney side. Their great grandmother was Anne Ryan of Dawsonsbog, Templederry. She was a second cousin of Daniel and her brother John traveled with him to Croke Park that day. Last year Templederry Kenyons GAA club remembered Carroll as they unveiled a beautiful plaque in his memory in their grounds.
Elite sporting pedigree clearly runs in the family as the McGraths are an established part of GAA folklore in the county. Daniel himself was a first cousin of the well-known athlete JC Hayes who won three senior national titles, the 1000 yards steeplechase (1897) and the four miles (1900) under the authority of the Irish Amateur Athletic Championships and in 1907 he captured the four miles title under the auspicious of the Gaelic Athletic Association Championships.
Growing up close to the village of Templederry, they lived on a 70-acre farm of quality land, raising livestock and growing vegetables while their home was a two-storey Georgian style house with many outbuildings. Tragedy struck in 1897 when his father Michael died following an accident and he left four children, all under the age of twelve behind.
The third youngest of four, Daniel moved to Clonliffe Road in the capital in 1912 when his mother sold the family farm and she passed away the following year. Since 1917, he managed the pub of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kennedy, also originally from Tipperary, in Drumcondra. Such was the high esteem his employers held Daniel in, that they allowed him to board with them in their home on 1 James’ Street East near Christ Church Cathedral.
Daniel was particularly close to his sister Mary (May) and regularly visited her at her lodgings near Clonliffe Road, especially when going to GAA matches in Croke Park. May had previously worked in the Food Control Department and the Ordnance Clothing Department during the First World War but unfortunately had been out of work since June 1919 and relied on her brother’s kindness for survival. Daniel generously gave her £8 10s a month out of his annual £120 annual wage. It was her only income. Two weeks prior to Bloody Sunday, their brother Denis started working in Gibney’s Grocery in Lucan and need his £30 salary for himself. Their other brother Joseph was an accountant for the Munster and Leinster Bank in Carrick on Suir. He had previously fought in World War 1 as an infantryman before joining the Royal Flying Corps. He saw action in both the Battle of Messines and the Battle of Flanders. He received the Crois de Guerre medal for bravery from the French government in 1918. He had to leave his job as a pilot in Jan 1920 due to illness and had not been in a position to help May either.
Bloody Sunday was supposed to be a day off for Daniel as at the time barmen were entitled to every fourth Sunday off however he went in and opened the bar as a favour. Close to throw-in time, at about 2:30pm, Daniel decided to go to the game in Croke Park to see his native county play Dublin. It was a decision that proved fatal.
Shortly after ten minutes of action chaos reigned supreme in the stadium as the British authorities opened fire on innocent spectators and players. Daniel managed to escape the whizzing bullets and carnage and crossed the bridge onto Russell St. as he frantically searched for safety. A police lorry approached and for some reason, we will never know, someone on board decided to shoot Daniel hitting him on the tight, lacerating the muscle and severing the blood vessels.
Daniel was brought to Jervis Street Hospital where his leg was bandaged right up to his waist and he was operated on that evening. The surgeons managed to remove the bullet that had lodged itself into his tight bone.
He was visited in hospital by Martin Kennedy and his wife. They sat and chatted with Daniel remarking “wasn’t it misfortunate I went?”. The Kennedys had known Daniel as a diligent, hard-working man and considered him a good friend. They left and promised to return to see Daniel again soon. On Monday night Daniel took a turn for the worst and suffered great pain before succumbing to his injuries around 10am. His boss Martin remarked that “he was the most inoffensive man I ever knew”.
Daniel was buried with his mother on the Thursday in Glasnevin Cemetery and 2016 GAA Uachtarán, Aogán Ó Feargháil unveiled a headstone in his memory.
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Sat Nov 28, 2020
In the year of 2020
Amidst pandemic Covid-19
30 proud Tipperary men
They donned the white and green
To honour Michael Hogan
And 13 more the Tans had slayed
For a week each night
We stood upright
And for victory we prayed
We went down to Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Tó face the might of Cork
There was a buzz of expectation
From Grangemockler to New York
When Conor Sweeney led us out
All our hearts they swelled with pride
To see the newest generation
Honour those hero’s that had died
Evan Comerford was number one
His club Kilsheelan and Kilcash
He roared to Shocks Feehan and Campbell
Lads we’ll give this one mighty lash
There was Robbie Kiely and Bill Maher
Our wing-backs and they were flyin’
Between them Kevin Fahey with the heart of a raging lion
Stephen O Brien from Ballina,
Conal Kennedy from Clonmel
They would not yield without a fight
They made all Tipp’s hearts swell
O Riordan with rebel blood from Fethard and Templemore
Returned to do his County proud
From the far Australian shore
There was Brian Fox
Who worked off his socks
Tipps finest servant that is true
Between them at eleven
Was our all-star Mickey Q
Mickey and young Sweeney
Kicked the finest points I’ve seen
For the honour of Mick Hogan
And the mighty white and green
Conor Sweeney at full forward
He played a captains part
He kicked the ball between the posts,
To give us the best start
The older Kennedy Coleman who in two thousand and eleven
Kicked a scorching goal against the Dubs
That brought us all to heaven
The last hero I’ll mention
From this day we’ll all remember
Is Cahir’s finest Liam Casey
Who’s some advert for Movember
His courage, strength and fielding
Were a pleasure to behold
On this day in the white and green
The next in blue and gold
The race was run and Tipp had won
The first since ’35
Davy Power, Mckeever and our Bloss
They’re dreams, are kept alive
Dublin’s Paddy Christie
And Tommy Toomey from Arravale
Will have the homework done on mayo
To make sure we will prevail
Liam Boland and Jack Kennedy
Are two I have to name
As without their contribution
We’d not be here to play this game
Now lads there’s so many
I could go on and on
But whether we’re in white and green
Or blue and gold
We’ll all sing Sliabh na mBan
Tipp the Munster champions
Face a challenge from the West
On the sixth day of December
We will take on Mayo’s best
I have no doubt
‘Fore the year is out
A new story will be told
Of how the mighty men
In green and white
Brought home Sam in
Blue and Gold
Davy Fitzgerald 20-11-20posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Thu Nov 26, 2020
Tipperary hadn’t won a Munster Final since 1935 when Dick Power and his band of merry men beat Cork 2-8 to 1-2 in Fermoy. Kerry, of course, didn’t take part in that championship. The official reason for their withdrawal was to protest at the internment of republican prisoners in the Curragh. The real reason was they knew they wouldn’t have been competitive.
Kerry did take part in this year’s championship and Cork beat them. After that result, most experts and non-experts deemed Cork a certainty to win.
However, as the week went on, I met normally sensible Tipperary people who were getting more and more confident. Why? I don’t know but I suspect the pride in wearing the special commemorative white and green jersey coupled with Monday night’s powerful RTE documentary about the events of Bloody Sunday played a part in this newfound confidence as people hoped it might just give us that elusive extra 5% that every team looks for.
1.30pm finally arrives and I take my seat on the couch to watch the game. It’s true what they say “it’s the fecking hope that kills you”.
Maurice Deegan throws in the ball. Tipperary win it, Colin O’Riordan delivers to Conor Sweeney who takes his mark and slots over the bar. 29 seconds gone and Tipperary are up and running.
A minute later, Robbie Kiely is galloping like inflation at the Cork defence. He offloads to Sweeney and Conor does what Conor does. We are two up.
In the 4th minute, Michael Quinlivan gets in on the act collecting a Kevin Fahey pass and slotting over a 40-yard beauty to put us three up.
I channel my inter Donald Trump and shout at Maurice Deegan to “STOP THE COUNT”.
Meanwhile, NPHET are calling an emergency meeting as Brian Fox has already travelled more than the 5km covid restriction limit. They decide to take no action because every run Fox makes is an essential journey.
Frees from Luke Connolly (2) and Mark Collins have Cork level by the 10th minute.
Colman Kennedy, revelling in that centre forward role and Conor Sweeney swap points with a Luke Connolly pair to send the teams in for the sos beag at five points each.
The texture of this game was good and the level of skill on display was well above the national average. After seventeen minutes we had witnessed ten points, one wide and the magnificent Kevin Fahey had managed to hit every Cork player a shoulder.
The water breaks have not been our friend this year. But everything about this day is different. From the restart, Fahey again finds Quinlivan who picks out Liam Casey with a sublime 40-metre pass and Casey taps over his first of the day.
Now Tipperary start playing the type of football that would make you fall back in love with the game. On his travels, Fox gathers a loose ball and feeds Colin O’Riordan. I don’t recall one occasion in the game where O’Riordan took a backward step. There is only one way to stop him and that’s to foul him. Cork oblige and Quinlivan adds the resultant free.
Two-minutes later, Conal Kennedy is racing down the touchline. Quinlivan wanders out to meet him, takes the pass and with the outside of his right boot puts over the score of the day from somewhere down around the South Mall.
Two powerful runs from Steven O’Brien set up points for Kevin Fahey and Conor Sweeney and we are not finished.
Fox lures Tadhg Corkery into his den and steals his dinner. He shares it with Quinlivan who with a swing of the hips and a cheeky smile sends the teams in for the jaffa cakes leading by 0-11 points to 0-7.
We are afraid to dream at half time. Tipperary football supporters are so used to tragedy that we can’t contemplate joy. Too many times we have stood on the shore watching our ship coming over the horizon only to see it hitting rocks and sinking. We have been 85 years waiting for this ship to finally dock and you just know that the next 35 minutes is going to feel as long as another 85 years
However, Tipp resume as if they knew they were going to win. Conal Kennedy collects the throw-in and delivers to Sweeney who takes his mark and has us five up within seconds of the restart.
A minute later Tipp have the ball in the Cork net but Maurice Deegan decides that Liam Casey had come back in from off the field and disallows the goal. It’s a wrong call and if the result had been different Tipperary would certainly have had a case for a Tribunal of Enquiry……………The McGeever Tribunal it would be called.
Up until now, this had been a game for the Tipperary midfielders and forwards to showcase their skills. Over the next 30 minutes, it was time for Evan Comerford and his back men to show us what they can do. Each and every one of them performed magnificently.
In goalkeeping terms, Evan had a quiet day at the office but when called upon later in the game he came up the field and nailed a vital free. More importantly, when the heat was on in the last quarter he hit his target with the kick-outs. The stats back this up, we won 77% of our own kick-outs in the second half.
On the biggest day of all, Alan Campbell and Colm O’Shaughnessy produced probably their finest performances in a Tipperary jersey. Michael Hogan, the cornerback of 100 years ago would have approved.
For the third game in a row, Jimmy Feehan has looked a master of his full-back brief. Surely an All-Star nomination at the very least will follow.
Of course, a Gaelic Football team is only half-dressed without a good half back line. And in Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey and Robbie Kiely, Tipperary have 3 of the best in the business.
Liam Casey put Tipp four up in the 53rd minute. A minute later Sweeney adds another to make it five. But Cork “haven’t gone away you know” and by the 60th minute a pair of Mark Collins frees has it back to 3 points. In the 63rd minute, Sean White reduces the lead to just two points. The ship is still on the horizon but we fear that it may be holed below the waterline.
Colin O’Riordan arrives with life jackets and starts plucking balls from low flying clouds. He is fouled and Evan strolls up and slots over the free from 45m out. It’s official. Evan Comerford is the coolest man in Tipperary.
MQ intercepts the Cork kick-out and tries to lob Michael Martin. The ball drops on the crossbar and over for a point. Four up again at 0-16 to 0-12.
Cork get it back to three. O’Riordan has seen enough. He takes on four Cork defenders and earns a 45. Evan’s effort comes back off the upright and drops to Stone Cold Philly Austin who as taps it over. The Gods are at it again. If any man deserved to score Tipperary’s last score of the day, it was the loyal servant from Borrisokane.
Two minutes later Maurice Deegan signals full stop. 100 years on from Bloody Sunday and 85 years since our last title, Tipperary Munster Senior Football Champions!!
All heaven breaks loose. Seldom has joy been so unconfined. Colin O’Riordan’s interview has half the county in tears but they are tears of pride. If Conor Sweeney didn’t nail an All-Star on the field of play, he nailed it with his speech and interview after the game.
But the most glorious aspect of everything that took place last Sunday was the spirit of the Tipperary team. Like Matt the Thrasher in Knocknagow, they strove until it seemed their hearts would crack and all for the honour and glory of Tipperary, Mick Hogan and the people who lost their lives on Bloody Sunday.
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Nov 24, 2020
Congratulations go to Michael Quinlivan who was voted as the GAA player of the week following his exploits in last Sunday’s Munster senior football final which Tipperary won on a 0-17 to 0-14 scoreline. The Clonmel Commercials star scored 0-5 in the game with four of those coming from play. It has been a fantastic year so far for Quinlivan as he won a county senior championship earlier this year to add to his Munster medal.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) November 24, 2020
In what was a fantastic week for football in the county, five Tipperary players made the GAA’s team of the week with Jimmy Feehan, Robbie Kiely, Conor Sweeney, Liam Casey and Michael Quinlivan all featuring. Well done lads.
posted by Friends of Tipperary FootballFriends of Tipperary Football on Tue Nov 24, 2020
Michael Quinlivan has been nominated for the GAA player of the week. To vote for Michael, please click here.