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GAA family remembers Billy (14), shot dead on Croke Park pitch during Bloody Sunday

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Monsignor Eoin Thynne with Uachtaran Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan and Dublin manager Jim Gavin with John Costello, Dublin GAA Chief Executive, during the unveiling of a monument to 14-year-old John William Scott

Monsignor Eoin Thynne with Uachtaran Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan and Dublin manager Jim Gavin with John Costello, Dublin GAA Chief Executive, during the unveiling of a monument to 14-year-old John William Scott

Monsignor Eoin Thynne with Uachtaran Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan and Dublin manager Jim Gavin with John Costello, Dublin GAA Chief Executive, during the unveiling of a monument to 14-year-old John William Scott

The GAA has unveiled a monument at Glasnevin Cemetery in memory of a boy who was shot and killed at Croke Park on Bloody Sunday in 1920.

John William Scott (14), known locally as Billy, was one of three schoolchildren killed when British forces opened fire on a Dublin versus Tipperary football match on November 21 - killing 14 people and wounding dozens more.

The schoolboy was a resident on nearby Fitzroy Avenue, which lies in the shadow of the stadium.

Members of the GAA community gathered at the cemetery to formally honour Billy, who until now was among eight victims without formal recognition of their final resting place.

Empathise

GAA president John Horan said it was important to remember the victims, who lost their lives while innocently making their way to a football match - a journey which thousands continue to make today.

"We can all empathise, no more than myself, as a teenager going down to Croke Park to witness a game of football and see people enjoying themselves," he said.

"But Billy, as he was known, unfortunately never came home to his house in Fitzroy Avenue.

"His life was taken from him and his father had to encounter that moment of being given his glasses and his tie pin as an indication of the fact that Billy had been mortally wounded on the pitch in Croke Park."

The head of the GAA said his grave remained unmarked following the attack and with no surviving family members, the responsibility was on the GAA community to step up.

"Unfortunately, Billy has no remaining family members and we are here today as his GAA family to acknowledge and remember him," he said.

"Anyone who visits this cemetery will remember him as one of those 14 victims of that tragic day for us as an association [and] for us as a country."

Billy's grave is the fourth to be unveiled by the GAA's Bloody Sunday Graves project, which aims to have all eight unmarked graves identifiable by 2020.

Along with Billy, two other schoolboys, Jerome O'Leary (10) and William Robinson (11), were also killed during the attack.

Margaret Reilly, who lives on Fitzroy Avenue and previously ran a newsagent's on the street, turned up to honour the young victim of the attack 98 years ago.

Ms Reilly knew Billy's sister-in-law, who passed away in 2005, and said it was important to be there to remember him now that all his family members had died.

"Daisy Scott was a daily customer of mine and my understanding is that Daisy, although she didn't talk about it very much, was this little boy's sister-in-law," she said.

"I got information of the wreath-laying ceremony and I felt that as no one misses Scott, who was a dote, that it is very important that these people are remembered and that's why I came."


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