England versus Ireland
rugby game in Croke Park. 02/24/07
Ireland plays England in a rugby game in Croke Park, Dublin
today, Saturday, February 24, 2007.
The last time the British came to Croke Park was on November
24, 1921 where they opened fire on Gaelic football fans
attending a game between Dublin and Tipperary. They murdered 14
innocent civilians that day in what became known in Irish
history as the first "Bloody Sunday".
There has never been any attempt on the part of the British
government to apologize for this and other atrocities committed
by their military and intelligence forces in Ireland. Instead,
with the help of their Irish collaborators they managed to
convince the world that their Irish victims were and are to
Notwithstanding the fact that there are excellent rugby
grounds in Ireland where the game could be played, the British,
in there cunning ways, choose to return to the hollowed grounds
of Croke Park as if nothing had happened there. At the very
moment the English anthem is played there will be glasses raised
in London in celebration of another job well done. The results
matter little, but the attendant fanfare contributes to the
appearance of normalcy throughout Ireland.
Faithful Irish republicans will protest this display of
British triumphalism to the extent that the 26-county
authorities will allow. In spite of the normal state harassment,
true republicans will continue to protest such indignities as
long as the British occupy six of Ireland’s 32 counties.
To put the matter in perspective, can anyone imagine an Irish
hurling game being played at 'sacred' Lords cricket grounds?