Michael Collins - Irish leader
Michael Collins was born on October 16th 1890, and died August 22nd 1922. Michael "Mick" Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader who played various leadership roles in Irish government including Minister for Finance, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, Commander-in-chief for the National Army and President of the Irish Republic. Michael Collins was killed on 22 August 1922 during an ambush while he was still engaged to Kitty Kiernan.
1922 – Michael Collins secretly authorised the formation of a specially-paid unit of 70 IRA volunteers, known as the ‘Belfast City Guard’, to protect districts from loyalist attack. It operated until August 1922.
In Northern Ireland there were continual breaches of the Truce by ‘unauthorised loyalist paramilitary forces’. The predominantly Protestant, Unionists government of Northern Ireland sup…
Michael Collins' final minutes before his murder recalled by author | IrishCentral.com
Michael Collins final minutes before his murder recalled by author | Journalist and author Colm Connolly sheds some light on the photograph of Michael Collins believed to have been taken just before his death. The image, taken in August 1922, shows the Irish revolutionary leader in the back of a car, he was shot at at the village of Béal na Bláth, Cork. Click through for more...
The Big Man, Michael Collins: 1890 - 1922.
President of the Republic of Ireland, de Valera said: "It's my considered opinion that in the fullness of time, history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense”.