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On the morning of November 21 1920, Jane Boyle walked to Sunday Mass in the church where she would be married five days later. That afternoon she went with her fiancee to watch Tipperary and Dublin play a gaelic football match at Croke Park. Across the city nine men lay dead in their beds after a synchronised IRA attack designed to cripple British intelligence services in Ireland. Trucks of police and military rumbled through the city streets as hundreds of people clamoured at the metal gates of Dublin Castle seeking refuge. Some of them were headed for Croke Park. Award-winning journalist and author Michael Foley recounts the extraordinary story of Bloody Sunday in Croke Park and the 90 seconds of shooting that changed Irish history forever. In a deeply intimate portrait he tells for the first time the stories of those killed, the police and military that were in Croke Park that day, and the families left shattered in its aftermath, all against the backdrop of a fierce conflict that stretched from the streets of Dublin and the hedgerows of Tipperary to the halls of Westminster.
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Michael Foley’s extraordinary book ... highly recommended(Tipperary Star)
one of the stand-out books last year(Newstalk’s Off the Ball)
the critically acclaimed The Bloodied Field ... A familiar story told as never before.(Irish Independent)
well-researched and enormously readable book(History Ireland)
reads like a thriller(Wexford People)
Cork-born author Michael Foley appears to have mastered a particular genre of GAA book writing which requires considerable ability and attention to detail in order to be a success ... [he] has set a high standard that anyone else who dares to venture down this tricky path will find difficult to emulate(Enniscorthy Guardian, New Ross Standard)
outstanding(Sunday Independent Sport)
a must read for both GAA and Irish history buffs ... Foley’s book is one that will be read for years to come, by both sports fans and history scholars'(Mayo Advertiser)
already now an Irish classic(Irish Examiner)
one of the best Irish sports books of the year(Gorey Guardian)
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