In November, the Seanad held a moment of silence for the fourteen victims who were killed by British Army Black & Tan forces at Croke Park on the 21st of November 1920. The events of that day unfolded during a Gaelic Football match between Dublin and Tipperary. The victims were innocent bystanders simply enjoying a sporting event, and the youngest Jerome O’Leary was merely 10 years old.
The moment of silence coincided with the GAAs centenary commemoration of the massacre. It was an honour to read aloud the names of each victim in the Seanad and give them the recognition they deserve. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
2021 will be a year of further centenary commemorations and I hope to mark these events in a similar manner.