Croke Park Bloody Sunday bridge site is named in memory of victims

A bridge next to one of the 1920 Bloody Sunday locations will be named in memory of those who lost their lives that day.

Clonliffe Bridge, known locally as the Russell Street Bridge or Jones’ Road, at the canal end of Croke Park will now be called “Bloody Sunday Bridge” following a unanimous vote by members of Dublin City Council.

It was where the RIC / Auxiliaries / Black and Tans fired on spectators and players during the Dublin Tipperary football match on Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920.

A motion to implement the change was tabled by Councilors Nial Ring and Ciaran Perry.

Councilor Ring has a deep connection to Bloody Sunday, where his grandfather and great-uncle Joseph and Christopher Ring picked up one of the victims, 20-year-old Joseph Traynor, and took him to their home in nearby Sackville Gardens.

An ambulance was called, but Joe sadly died an hour later in the hospital on Jervis Street, which is now the location of the Jervis Street shopping center.

Alderman Ring said: “It is very fitting that we have decided to rename the bridge” Bloody Sunday Bridge “as we approach the centenary of that carnage of innocent civilians in Croke Park.

“The bridge was built many years after the Royal Canal opened and thus is not named after any of the Royal Canal company directors such as Newcomen, Blaquiere, Binns etc., so the name is not that well known. The place really goes to the official name Clonliffe Bridge, but rather Jones’ Road or Russell Street Bridge.

“The process will now begin to get the renaming approved by the full board through the commemorative naming committee process and hopefully when people go back to Croke Park they will see and appreciate” Bloody Sunday Bridge. “

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