Vincent Hogan: 'Croker belongs to the Irish people -- we're off our knees'
Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00
IN the week before England's rugby team came to play at Croke Park four years ago, Oliver Hughes said their visit would make him proud.
Out of the great, rattling din of opinion, his voice followed a beautifully simple moral compass. Oliver's brother, Francis, died in 1981 after 59 days on hunger strike at the Maze prison and the Troubles had taken a good number of his Bellaghy friends and neighbours too.
He was vice-chairman of the GAA club now, a committed republican and, frankly, the kind of man you could easily imagine bitterness would have in a clinch.