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Michael Collins died during Ireland's Civil War at a place called Béal na mBláth - not far from Woodfield, Clonakilty, Co. Cork where he was born just over 31 year earlier. The ambush was commanded by Tom Hales and Liam Deasy, both of whom were former friends and comrades in arms of the ‘Big Fella’. During the War of Independence, Tom Hales had undergone sadistic treatment at the hands of British Intelligence Officers rather than betray his friend Michael Collins. Liam Deasy later wrote, “When I first met Michael Collins over fifty years ago, I considered him then to be the greatest leader of our generation. I have not since changed that opinion”. A fitting epitaph.

His Life

Birth to 1916
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Birth to 1916

"One day he'll be a great man. He'll do great work for Ireland." - Michael Collins' Father, also named Michael, on his deathbed about his son, who was 6 at the time.
The Struggle
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The Struggle

"That valiant effort and the martyrdoms that followed 1916 finally awoke the sleeping spirit of Ireland"
Rebellion
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Rebellion

"If my name is to go down in history I want it to be associated with Michael Collins"
Truce and Treaty Negotiations
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Truce and Treaty Negotiations

"In my opinion it gives us freedom, not the ultimate freedom that all nations desire… but the freedom to achieve it."
 Dept. of Finance
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Dept. of Finance

"History recounts the fact that to-day we are a sovereign nation with our own army, our own Gardai and our own flag"
Béal na mBláth
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Béal na mBláth

“Let us not waste our energies brooding over the more we might have got. Let us look upon what it is we have got”

Beal na mBlath

The Path To Freedom
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The Path To Freedom

By Michael Collins
Foreword by Tim Pat Coogan
Michael Collins' Own Story
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Michael Collins' Own Story

As told to Hayden Talbot
Michael Collins
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Michael Collins

His Life And Times
By Edward O'Mahony
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