Today in Irish History: 1922
Michael Collins is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. His body lay in state for three days in Dublin City Hall where tens of thousands of mourners filed past his coffin to pay their respects. His funeral mass took place at Dublin's Pro Cathedral. Some 500,000 people lined the streets on this day in 1922, almost one fifth of the country's population at the time.
Extract from notes written by Michael Collins two weeks before his death:
"Our object in building up the country economically must not be lost sight of. That object is not to be able to boast of enormous wealth or of a great volume of trade for their own sake. It is not to see our country covered with smoking chimneys and factories. It is not to show a great national balance sheet, nor to point to a people producing wealth with the self-obliteration of a hive of bees. The real riches of the Irish nation will be the men and women of the Irish nation the extent to which they are rich in body and mind and character."
Rare footage of Michael Collins' funeral - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6QX2paFZxc