Michael Hogan (Gaelic footballer)

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Michael Hogan (27 October 1896 – 21 November 1920) was a Gaelic footballer and one-time Captain of the Tipperary county team. He was a member of the Irish Volunteers and was born in the Grangemockler area of County Tipperary. He was the only player shot dead (along with 13 spectators) by British forces at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday during the Irish War of Independence.[2] The Hogan Stand at Croke Park is named in his memory.

Michael Hogan
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Ó hÓgáin
Sport Football
Position Right Full Back
Born 27 October 1896 [1]
Tipperary, Ireland
Died (1920-11-21)21 November 1920 (aged 24)
Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
Years Club
Years County

Bloody SundayEdit

Hogan took part in a challenge match between Tipperary and Dublin at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, 21 November 1920. The day before, he travelled on the train with the other members of the team. A number of the players, including Hogan, became involved in a fight with soldiers from the Lincolnshire Regiment before throwing them from the train. On arrival at (Kingsbridge) Heuston Station, they quickly went their separate ways anticipating arrest. Michael and Thomas Ryan, the two IRA members on the team, decided to stay at Philip Shanahan's pub in Monto that night, rather than Barry's Hotel as planned. There they learned that 'there was a 'big job coming off' the following day, but were unaware of the details. The following morning, Phil Shanahan informed them of the shooting of British agents. Ryan claims that Dan Breen advised them it would be better not to attend the match, but to return instead to Tipperary .[3] During the match, Black and Tans entered Croke Park and opened fire on the crowd. Hogan was one of the 14 people killed. Tom Ryan, a young spectator from Wexford, entered the pitch to pray beside the dying Hogan and was also fatally shot.[4] Another player, Jim Egan, was wounded, but survived.[citation needed]

The Hogan Stand at Croke Park, built in 1924, is named in his memory.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Hogan was the brother of Major General Daniel (Dan) Hogan, who was Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces in the 1920s. His family were close friends of the Browne family, also from Grangemockler, that included the late Cardinal Michael Browne, Monsignor Maurice Browne (aka Joseph Brady), and Monsignor Pádraig de Brún, who later wrote that "he had identified Mick Hogan at the military inquiry to spare his brother Tom the ordeal."[5]


  1. ^ "Irish Genealogy" (PDF).
  2. ^ Dr Siobhán Doyle (18 November 2020). "Debunking some of the myths around Bloody Sunday". RTE. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  3. ^ Ryan, Thomas, Lt. Col., One Man's Flying Column; Tipperary Historical Journal; 1991
  4. ^ "Bloody Sunday 90th anniversary commemorated". South Tipp Today. 1 December 2010. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ Louise Hogan (14 November 2020). "'They have murdered you but they cannot kill your soul': Historic letters shed new light on Bloody Sunday". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2020. One of the more poignant letters came from Margaret ‘Baby’ Browne, who later married the politician Seán MacEntee and went on to become a university lecturer. The Brownes, who included Monsignor Maurice (Moss) Browne and Cardinal Michael Browne among its ranks, were close friends of the Hogan family. ... Another of the Browne family, Fr Patrick Browne, better known in later life as the poet and academic Monsignor Pádraig de Brún, wrote how he had identified Mick Hogan at the military inquiry to spare his brother Tom the ordeal.

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