Wonderful image of Michael Collins. This photo was taken at Portobello Barracks, Dublin, August 1922. Collins had just attended a funeral mass for six Free State soldiers killed by a mine in Kerry. Have a look at the child on the left, following & looking on in admiration of Collins. Later that month, on the 22nd of August, he was shot dead in an ambush in his hometown of Cork.
Michael Collins was Director of Intelligence for the Irish Republican Army and a member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently he was both Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army. He was shot dead in an ambush on the 22nd of August 1922 in his home county of Cork. While only 31 when he was killed Collins fought the British Army to a stalemate, negotiated the First Treaty of Independence for Ireland and overseen its transition to democracy. Later Winston Churchill said "Collins was an Irish patriot, true and fearless......We hunted him for his life, and he slipped half a dozen times through steel claws.”
Dimensions: 16” X 10” approx.