February Document of the Month, 2022
Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920
On 21st November 1920 a Gaelic football match, attended by around 5,000 spectators, was held between Tipperary and Dublin at Croke Park, Jones’ Road, Dublin City. The event became one of the most violent episodes of the War of Independence with 14 people being killed and around eighty injured by British forces who raided the game and fired shots on the crowd and causing panic and chaos.
The Department of Finance, Compensation (Personal Injuries) Committee files consists of applications for compensation from people who claimed to have been injured at Croke Park, or representatives acting on their behalf or of those killed on Bloody Sunday. These claims were made to the Personal Injuries Committee of the Compensation (Ireland) Commission under the presidency of, initially, Lord Shaw of Dunfermline, and subsequently, Sir Alexander Wood-Renton. These files contain first-hand accounts by the claimants and include medical and personal data.