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August 22,

Michael Collins – The Big Fella, Dead on this day in Irish History

August 22: TODAY in Irish History:

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Michael Colllins at funeral of Arthur griffith

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Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1922: Michael Collins is killed in an ambush by Anti-Treaty forces in Co. Cork. He was thirty one years old.

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Michael Collins – 10 days before his death at funeral of Arthur Griffith

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It is impossible to convey the impact Collins had / has on Irish history on this site so I’ll provide numerous different links to help portray a brilliant, ruthless, brave and divisive figure in Irish history.

Maybe the best compliment to Michael Collins “The Big Fella,” who fought in the 1916 Rising and forced Britain to the negotiation table, where as he wrote prophetically ” early this morning I signed my death warrant” comes from Tom Barry who fought against Collins in the Civil War.

Barry recollected hearing of Collins’ death while imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail by the government of Michael Collins.

“I saw a most remarkable thing …. We heard the hubbub outside……… there was about 1,000 of us, prisoners in Kilmainham Jail…  There was about seven or eight hundred men and they were all down on their knees saying the rosary for the repose of the soul of Michael Collins. One time he was their leader against the British, then he was the Commander in Chief of the enemy forces.”

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MUST READING:  New York Times Report on Death of Michael  Collins

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MUST READING: The AMBUSH

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MICHAEL COLLINS, HARRY BOLAND: FRIENDS, ENEMIES. KILLED IN CIVIL WAR

Michael Collins and Harry Boland Croke Park 1921

Michael Collins (left) “messing around” with his best friend Harry Boland at Croke Park 1921.

Both men were on the run from Britain at this time during the Irish War of Independence.

Despite their friendship, they would fight on different sides during the Civil War where both would die.

This photo and much other excellent material on Collins can be seen at General Michael Collins 

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READ: Michael Collins Bio – M. A. Hopkinson, Dictionary of Irish Biography

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BBC Documentary on Death of Michael Collins

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De Valera’s Involvement in Death of Michael Collins.

Despite numerous conspiracy theories, there is no clear evidence that De Valera had direct involvement in Collins’ death. This EXCELLENT ARTICLE by former Irish Press journalist Michael Mills brings together many of the conflicting recollections of the day although the use of the term “assassination” in the article might be misleading. Collins was killed in a fire-fight during a vicious civil war when Irishmen on both sides gave no quarter to former colleagues whom they would have died for just months previously during the War of Independence.

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WHO FIRED THE FATAL SHOT?

It seems we will never know who fired the fatal bullet. Numerous theories abound as to who killed Collins. A good overview of the reported events is at SarasMichaelCollinssite

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Churchill wrote after the death of “The Big Fella, “Michael Collins was a man of dauntless courage.”

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Lloyed George at Today in Irish History

Lloyd George on Collins. “His engaging personality won friendships even amongst those who met him as foes and to all who met him, the news of his death comes as a personal sorrow.”

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Reaction of LLOYD GEORGE and WINSTON CHURCHILL to death of Michael Collins.

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On August 25th, George Bernard Shaw wrote to Hannie Collins, Michael’s sister:

George Bernard Shaw at today in Irish History
George Bernard Shaw

“My Dear Miss Collins—
Don’t let them make you miserable about it: how could a born soldier die better than at the victorious end of a good fight, falling to the shot of another Irishman—a damned fool, but all the same an Irishman who thought he was fighting for Ireland—‘A Roman to Roman’? I met Michael for the first and last time on Saturday last, and am very glad I did. I rejoice in his memory, and will not be so disloyal to it as to snivel over his valiant death. So tear up your mourning and hang up your brightest colours in his honour; and let us all praise God that he did not die in a snuffy bed of a trumpery cough, weakened by age, and saddened by the disappointments that would have attended his work had he lived”

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July 15,

Air Ace Paddy Finucane – Seán Lemass – Death of Countess Markivicz

July 15: TODAY in Irish History:

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Dublin born RAF air ace Paddy Finucane.     Note shamrock on plane

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1899: Seán Lemass

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Future Taoiseach Seán Lemass is born in Dublin. Lemass would bring elements of modern international thinking and economics to a nation bedevilled by De Valera’s isolationist and anti-English thinking. His partnership in economic affairs with Sean T. Whitaker is seen by many as the start of modern Ireland.

A veteran of the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, Lemass was first elected as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency in a by-election on 18 November 1924 and was re-elected at each election until his retirement in 1969. He was a founder-member of Fianna Fáil in 1926, serving in numerous cabinet positions under Eamonn De Valera until he became Taoiseach in 1959.

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A victorious Sean Lemass 1924 General Election

In 1965 Lemass met the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Terence O’Neill) meet for the first time since the partition of Ireland in 1922. It was a truly historic meeting that began a thaw in relations between the two states. The meeting at Stormont Castle of two distrustful parties was so momentous and prone to disruption that it was not announced prior to the event. The meeting evoked generally positive reaction in the Republic but caused major problems for O’Neill. While moderate unionists supported talks on non-constitutional issues such as co-operation on tourism, the meeting did not sit well with Protestant fundamentalist like Rev. Ian Paisley who saw it as the start of a sell out. O’Neill paid a reciprocal visit to Dublin in February.

Terence O'Neill and Sean Lemass
Terence O’Neill and Sean Lemass
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1927: Death of Irish revolutionary and 1916 participant Countess Markievicz.

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Countess_Markiewicz 1868-1927

She was born Constance Georgine Gore-Booth  to English Protestant Ascendency in London in 1868. Her family had a property in County Sligo where she spent much of your youth and became friendly with William Butler Yeats.

At an early age, she developed a strong passion for helping the poor, the women’s suffragette movement and Irish nationalism.

Countess Markievicz Timeline:

1902: While in France Constance met and married a Polish-Russian nobleman, Count Casimir Markiewicz.

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1908: Joins Sinn Fein

1911: Arrested for protesting visit of King George V to Ireland

1913: Joined Irish Citizens Army

1916: Involved in Rising in Dublin. Sentenced to death but commuted.

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Constance Markievicz mug shot. She was arrested numerous times, both by British and Free State authorites

1917: Released from prison as part of a general amnesty.

1918: Is the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons in the General Election. As with all Sinn Fein MPs, she refuses to take her seat.

1922: Votes against the Anglo-Irish Treaty and joins with De Valera and others in Irish Civil War fighting Free State forces led by Michael Collins.

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READ: More on COUNTESS MARKIEVICZ

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SEE: Lisadell House (home of Countess Markievicz)

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1942: Irish Air Ace Paddy Finucane Killed

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– Brendan (‘Paddy’) Finucane from Rathmines, Co.  Dublin – the RAF’s youngest ever Wing Commander at 21 years of age – is shot down and killed off the French coast. He had 32 confirmed “kills.” Finucane – whose father fought in Boland’s Mill with Eamonn De Valera against the English in the 1916 Rising – joined the RAF in 1938.

Air Aces of WW2 writes of Finucane’s demise:

“After attacking German shipping at Ostend and strafing three German airfields on July 15th, 1942, Finucane’s wing regrouped to return to Hornchurch. As the group passed low-level over the beach at Pointe Du Touquet, Finucane’s Spitfire was hit by machine gun fire that severely damaged his radiator. The engine overheated and quit, and the Spitfire was too low to allow Finucane to bail out. Losing altitude swiftly, Paddy was heard to say; “This is it, Chaps.” Witnesses reported that after a near perfect “splash” the Shamrock-Spit sank like a stone, and despite all efforts, was never to be seen again.”

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LISTEN to superb RTE Radio documentary on Paddy Finucane. Available in podcast.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaks to Laugh and Learn.

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