Bloody Sunday marked by local history group posters

by Rachel Darcy

A local history society near Croke Park erected 100 posters in the locality on Sunday to commemorate the 14 victims of the Bloody Sunday murders.

While no public events were allowed under Level 5 restrictions, the local group – chaired by Councillor Nial Ring – aimed to mark the day in a poignant way.

In addition to the posters, a plaque was erected on a street off Ballybough Road, to be named Joseph Traynor Way after Joseph Traynor, one of the 14 victims at Croke Park.

Joseph was shot twice in the back as he tried to get out of Croke Park over the Canal End wall. The grandfather and granduncles of Cllr. Ring left their house in nearby Sackville Gardens and carried Joe back to their house where he lay bleeding to death.

They then brought him out the back through Love Lane and he was picked up by an ambulance, before he passed away in Jervis Street Hospital.

“It is important that we remember the innocent victims of Bloody Sunday and their brutal murder in Croke Park and putting up these posters was the only way we could do something visible and tangible to commemorate them” said Cllr. Ring.

“The public have responded very positively to the posters and locals are very proud that we have acknowledged the 14 victims” he continued.

“We have also erected a plaque in honour of Joseph Traynor, a young man shot in the back twice as he tried to get out of Croke Park. This plaque is very special to me personally as our family and Joseph Traynor’s family have forged a special relationship through history.”

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