Page 286. " the Cairo Gang "

The Cairo Gang was a group of British intelligence agents, sent to Dublin to conduct intelligence operations against prominent members of the Irish Republican Army during the Anglo-Irish War. On the morning of 21 November 1921, 12 people including British Army officers, Royal Irish Constabulary officers and a civilian informant were assassinated by the IRA in a series of simultaneous strikes planned by Michael Collins. These were the first deaths, on what later became known as Bloody Sunday. There is no one agreed root for the name but some claim it derived from a shared history of service in the Middle East, whilst others argue it was due to the fact that the Cairo Gang often held meetings in the Cairo Cafe, Dublin.

Page 297. " in Croke Park "
Hogan Stand in Croke Park
Public DomainHogan Stand in Croke Park - Credit: Tolivero
Croke Park, Dublin is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and home to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation. During the Irish War of Independence, on 21 November, 1920, whilst a gaelic football match between Dublin and Tipperary was being played, the Auxiliary Division entered the ground and opened fire. The dead included 11 spectators and Michael Hogan, captain of the Tipperary team. These shootings were a reprisal for the earlier assassination of the Cairo Gang by Michael Collins' rebels that morning.