Michael Collins in the British Media
As the Irish War of Independence began to escalate the British media clamoured to get a new angle or scoop on the Irish story. A relatively unknown West Cork man, a leader of the ‘Sinn Fein army’ slowly began to become a focus of much of their attention…
Collins, Commemoration, Conciliation & Conflict
The Role of the Beal na Blath commemoration in the thawing of Civil war Politics
As Ireland seems to move towards a historic coalition government between the political descendants of our civil war belligerents, it is worth noting a forgotten event that attempted to reconcile those two factions….
Collins in the british media part ii
Up until the truce of July 1921 Collins was a bit of an unknown entity to the media. He had been cast as a mystery figure, an indefinable force, an unknown quantity. ….
Michael Collins: The Films Critics
In 1996 the release of the film ‘Michael Collins’ directed by Neil Jordan brought the story of Michael Collins to a worldwide audience and cemented his status, for many, as one of Irelands greatest hero’s…
When Michael Collins Met Fianna fáil
Memory, Legacy, and Oratory in the Houses of the Oireachtas 1927 – 1932
When Michael Collins’ life was cut short at just the age of 31 Ireland lost one of its most recognisable and senior political figures….
Collins’s Closest Friends- Joe O’Reilly
If no man is an island, neither was Michael Collins. Like all of us, Collins had many friends and/or colleagues…
Twelve Dark Days
Tom Barry’s Twelve Dark Days in the Context of the wider Guerrilla Campaign.
The Upton ambush was a serious reversal for the West Cork IRA and came at a time when the county’s IRA units were coming under increasing pressure from an acceleration of British military activity in all of its regions…