Dublin team captain Paddy McDonnell and Tipperary player Tommy Ryan return to Croke Park to give their memories of a fateful day.

On 21 November 1920, members of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) opened fire at Croke Park during a Gaelic football game between Dublin and Tipperary. 14 people were killed and at least 60 others injured. 

Forty two years on, two of the players from that day return to Croke Park to recall the event. Dublin defender and team captain Paddy McDonnell and Tipperary midfielder Lt Col Tommy Ryan give their memories of that day and the death of Tipperary player Michael Hogan.

Two men who were here 42 years ago when that game between Dublin and Tipperary was ended rather abruptly on Bloody Sunday.

The firing started about 15 minutes into the game. Tommy was about to take a free from about 40 yards out when the machine guns and rifles opened fire. Tommy describes how people fell down the embankment,

Some dead, some wounded.

As the attack happened, Tommy describes how the majority of the players on the pitch ran for cover in the direction of the Clonliffe end of Croke Park.  Paddy adds that some of the players climbed the wooden paling.

Some of the players lay down and took cover as best they could. Others made a break for it.

Paddy's immediate reaction at the time was to lay down. When he saw there was a chance of getting into the pavilion, he made a break for it.

Tommy says that about seven of the players had experience of ambushes from their training with the Irish Volunteers. They dived down on the ground straight away and remained there stationary until it appeared safe to evacuate. However, Tipperary player Michael Hogan was struck and fell to the ground as he made a run for safety. The Hogan Stand in Croke Park is named after him.

'Sports Desk’ broadcast on 23 November 1962. The reporter is Liam Campbell.