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Collins’ Haunts

  • 5 Cabra Road - Houses associated with Michael Collins

  • 5, Merrion Square: - Michael Collins met Archbishop Patrick Joseph Clune of Perth Australia here on the 7-December-1920, at Llyod Georges behest, to discuss 'peace feelers'

  • 13, Dame Street: - Owned by Callaghan & Son, Military tailors and gunsmiths. Many British officers were outfitted here. After 1922, Free State officers used this establishment for the making of their Uniforms. Michael Collins had his uniforms made here.

  • 16, Rathdown Road: - The Belton Family home. Sean Hurley found Michael Collins a room here on his return from London January 1916.

  • 19 Mountjoy Street: - Home of Susan Kileen, a 'girlfriend' of Michael Collins before Kitty Kiernan, lived here with the family of her uncle Patrick.

  • 21 Dawson Street: - Home of Eileen McGrane; she was a lecturer at National University now UCD. Eamon Ned Broy's documents were found here leading to his arrest. It was a part time office for Michael Collins and Ernie O'Malley.

  • 21 Duke Street: Dublin House associated with Michael Collins

  • 30, Mountjoy Street: - Home of Madeline 'Dilly' Dicker, a 'girlfriend' of Michael Collins, before Kitty Kiernan. She lived here with her father Edwin. Dilly was an ardent Nationalist and a member of Sinn Fein and Cumann na mBan. She undertook many risky tasks for Collins.

  • 36 Westland Row: - House associated with Michael Collins

  • 39 Parnell Square.: - Was the home of Dr. Paddy Browne Maynooth College (Later President of University College Galway), From this house Michael Collins watched the raid by MI5 on Vaughans Hotel on the 20th Nov 1920 in which Conor Clune was arrested.

  • 44 Mountjoy Square: - Dublin House associated with Michael Collins

  • 46 Nassau Street: Sean McDermott took his closest friends here for a 'Last meal' just before the 1916 Rising. Often used by Michael Collins and Harry Boland. Boland ate here with Collins' former secretary, Anna Fitzsimmons, on the 30th July 1922 and told her 'not to worry'. Boland was shot on the 31 July at the Grand Hotel Skerries . He died on the 2nd of August in Saint Vincents hospital.

  • 56-58 Dawson Street: - Hodges and Figgis Bookshop. Susan Killeen worked here, she was one of Michael Collins' most valuable couriers, 'The Bookshop' became a veritable post office for messages to Collins.

  • 96 Grafton Street: ( At the corner of Wicklow Street ) Weir & Sons, Jewellers. Michael Collins bought Kitty Kiernan a watch, her 'unofficial' engagement present at this store.

  • 147, North Circular Road: - Home of Patrick and Margaret (Collins) O'Driscoll, Michael's eldest sister. Michael often visited here. Margaret was elected to the Dail, and served as a T.D. from 1923 until 1933.

  • Arthur Griffiths House

  • Ballinamuck In 1918,: A Sinn Fein meeting was held in Ballinamuck on Sunday 17th July 1918, with Collins as its main speaker. Collins drilled the local volunteers at this time too. One of the last battles of the 1798 rebellion was fought at the Battle of Ballinmuck, where the final surrender took place.

  • Brompton Oratory, Brompton Rd, London SW7 2RP, where Michael Collins attended Mass

  • Casino-Marino, Clontarf, Dublin: - There was a disused wide dry tunnell beneath this building,in which Michael Collins, Harry Boland, Gearoid O'Sullivan, Tom Barry and others fired and practiced with the Thompson sub machine guns that John Devoy and Clan-na-Gael purchased in America for the Volunteers

  • Dominic St. Lower: Dublin Street associated with Michael Collins

  • Dublin Metropolitan Police Station Now Gardai: Sgt Patrick Mannix, an undercover IRA agent was stationed here. He obtained the names and addresses of all the senior English secret service men sent from England, and gave them to Frank Thornton. This formed a great deal of the information Michael Collins used for the Squad's raids on Bloody Sunday.

  • Fernside House, Drumcondra: - On the 12th of October 1920, Sean Treacy and Dan Breen From Tipperary were hiding in this house owned by Professor John Carolan. It was raided by a unit of nine mixed British troops and intelligence men under Lt. Philip Attwood. In the ensuing shootout, two British officers were killed (Major Smyth and Captain White), as was the owner of the house, Dr. Carolan. Treacy and Breen escaped (The story that Collins had a plug of Tobacco and a Baby Power (Whiskey) smuggled into the Mater Hospital for Breen relates to this incident). Treacy had been wounded but not seriously.

  • Furry_Park

    Furry Park House: - Home of Moya Llewelyn Davies and her husband. Collins often visited here. It was at this house during the Civil war that he was almost shot by a sniper, an ex Connaught Ranger on the anti treaty side, who was later captured and shot by the squad.

  • Gate Lodge to the Archbishop of Dublin's Palace, Drumcondra. One of Collins' many safe houses

  • The Greville Arms Hotel Granard, Longford home of Kitty Kiernan and her siblings

  • Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, (3, St. Michaels): Home of Timothy Donovan. Michael Collins often visited here, and it is said that Donovan was a relation of Collins.

  • Michael Collins Offices in Portabello Barracks - now Cathal Brugha Bks.

Research/photographs:- James Langton

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References:-

Béaslaí, Piaras, Michael Collins and the making of a New Ireland, Vols: I and II, (1926).

Bureau of Military History, Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, Witness Statements, available at, (http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/bmhsearch/browse.jsp) (18 March 2014).

Connell, Joseph E.A., Dublin in Rebellion, a Directory 1913-1923, (Dublin, 2009).

Coogan, Tim Pat, Michael Collins Biography, (London, 1990)

Dwyer, T. Ryle, Michael Collins and the Civil War, (Cork, 2012)

Dwyer, T. Ryle, Michael Collins, The Man Who Won The War, (Dublin, 2009)

Gleeson, James, Bloody Sunday, (London, 2004).

Mackay, James, Michael Collins, A Life, (Edinburgh and London, 1998).

O’Connor, Frank, The Big Fellow, (Dublin, 1991).

Osborne, Chrissy, Michael Collins Himself, (Cork, 2003).

Osborne, Chrissy, Michael Collins, a Life in Pictures,(2007).

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