Councillors in Dublin have voted to rename a bridge beside Croke Park as Bloody Sunday Bridge in memory of the 14 civilians shot dead by British forces in the stadium 100 years ago.

Independent Councillor Nial Ring said the canal bridge is from where Black and Tans and Auxiliaries fired into the crowd on 21 November 1920 during a football match between Dublin and Tipperary.

Cllr Ring, whose grandfather and granduncle came to the aid of one of the victims that day, said: "It is very fitting that we decided to rename the bridge 'Bloody Sunday Bridge' as we approach the centenary of that massacre of innocent civilians in Croke Park."

The Central Area Committee today of Dublin City Council unanimously voted to rename the bridge which is officially called Clonliffe Bridge but known locally as Russell St or Jones Rd Bridge.

The vote followed a motion from Cllr Ring and fellow Independent Cllr Cieran Perry and it will now go through a formal commemorative naming process.