The Foundation from the Republic of Ireland is connected to this Person:


Michael Collins


This is a short Overview about his Life and his Work



Michael Collins was born as the eight child from Marianne O´Brien in Woodfield of Co. Cork (near Clonakilty). He was named from his father and he grow up to become the Big Fellow of Ireland.



National School in Lisavaird and Clonakilty




Shannon Square No. 7

Michael Collins lived in this House in Clonakilty



Michael moved to the boys National School in Clonakilty to study for the Post Office clerkship examination.

While Michael Collins attended the National school in Clonakilty he lived with his sister Margaret at No. 7 Shannon Square (now Ememt Street). She was married to Patrick O'Driscoll and they published the local newspaper "The West Cork People" at their house in the square.

The young Michael Collins helped out in the business doing reporting work on football matches and other events.       



 His working Life

1906 - 1916 London
1906 - 1910 Worked at the Post Office Savings Kensington, later joined other financial institutations. Joined Irish Cultural Organisation & Geraldine's G.A.A. Club. November 1909 Sworn as a member of Irish Republication Brotherhood (IRB).
1916 January - Returned to Ireland and joined Irish Volounteers; April - Tool part in Easter Rising in Dublin. Interned at Frongoch Prison Camp afterwards; December - Released from prison.
1917 Appointed Secretary of NAtional Aid Association - set up underground intelligence network, propaganda machine & arms smuggling system.
1918 Assisted Eamon de Valera to escape from Lincoln jail in England General Election Collins elected M.P. for Cork.
1919 January - Dail Eireann established Collins appointed Minister for Finance - organised a hugely sucessful national loan. Collins also sucessfully masterminded a querrilla war throughout the country.
1920 Guerrilla war aginst the British forces intensified. November 20th Collins Secret Service "Squad" executed 16 British Secret Service agents known as the "Cairo Gang"
1921 January 7th - Treaty ratified by Dail Eireann but anti-treaty TSs led by Eamon De Valera rejected decision and staged a walk-out. June 28th - Pro-Treaty candiates won 92 seats out of total of 128 in General Election. June 28th - Free-State Army began shelling anti-treaty positions in Four Courts building signalling start of bloody Civil War. August 20th - Collins as Commander-in-Chief of Free State Army left Dublin to inspect forces in the south and possoble try to end the civiel war. August 22nd - On a tour of West Cork, Collin's convoy ambushed at Beal na mBlath and Collins was killed in ensuing skirmish. Monday August 28th Michael Collins had huge military funeral and was buried in Glasnevin in Dublin


Below Picture:

Harry Boland; He was the closest friend of Michael Collins.








From the left:

Harry Boland

Michael Collins

Éamon De Valera











28. Juni 1922

Beginning of the bloody civil war at the Four Courts (court building) between the followers of Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera. On August 20, Michael Collins started a convoy to the south of Ireland. to the civil war to an end.

Before Michael Collins on this trip to his former home in West Cork aufbrach, he knew exactly what he is taking a risk in order of receipt. For him, it was important to the civil war in Ireland to an end when the risk to be deterred.

This place is only just 20 miles away from his birthplace.


22. August 1922 Beal na mBlath

The convoy in August 1922 had four vehicles. A motorcycle, a troop vehicle, a Leyland 8 car, and an armed vehicle. The car, drove by Michael Collins, was the Leyland Thomas 8 Cylinder cars. This car had a lockable rear and was not armed and cost about 2000 Irish pounds. Ashenhurst and Williams were the importers of this car and got him back later. The clock of the vehicle can be used in the Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin can be visited.
The armed car was a Rolls Royce, of the British to the Irish Republic was handed over. The car was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and 100 cars were the Royal Naval Air Service made available .. The armament was the car in Woolwich Arsenal. The car was used for short-term protection of air bases in France and Belgium. He had a weight of 3.5 tons and a top speed of 60 mph The armament consisted of three people and a machine gun. Only two of 100 vehicles survived the time. The "Sliabh na mBan" may, in the Plunket Barracks, Curragh Camp visited. The other is in the tank museum in Bovington Camp in Dorset.


The last hours of Michael Collins, 22 August 1922


Michael Collins left with his convoy the Imperial Hotel in Cork, he had stay the night.


The convoy reached Macroom, where Michael Collins with the neutral officer Florrie O'Donoghue meets.


The convoy stops at Long Public House to find the way to ask. Opposing forces are in the area and plan an ambush, when the convoy comes back.


The convoy arrives in Bandon, where the convoy in Newcestown should share. Collins meets the local officer in the Devonshire Arms Hotel. During the build about 30 men of the opposing side barricades and lay mines and prepare positions for the ambush at Beal na mBleath.


After an hour delay, the removal of felled trees had caused, the convoy reached the village of Clonakilty. Collins met for lunch with his cousin, Maurice Collins and his primary school teacher John Crowley.


The convoy drove towards Skibbereen and stopped in Rosscarbery where Michael Collins visited old friends. Then it went on to Skibbereen, where a troop inspection waited. He met also with a visit by the writer Edith Summerville.


The convoy began to move in the direction of Cork. The snipers were waiting already at Beal na MBleath.


During the return journey the convoy stopped at Sam's Cross, where his brother Michael and some of its Johnny Kousinen for the last time at O'Brien House visited. In Beal na mBleath began snipers and mines to remove the barricades, as assumed, that the convoy another route towards Cork has taken. Six men have the task of monitoring personnel will be


Michael Collins reached Lees Hotel in Bandon. Here he meets with the General Sean Hales. Tom Hales (Sean's brother) is one of the six people who barricade in Beal na mBleath have dismantled.


The convoy leaves Bandon on side streets, because the main road was blocked. A road ran through the valley of Beal na mBleath.


The convoy arrived at Beal na mBleath on the ambush of the snipers. Some of the snipers fired warning from. Emmet Dalton in the car with Michael Collins ordered immediately "drive like hell" but Michael Collins screamed: "no, stop, and we will fight them". A huge battle was and the machine gun armed vehicle was the vehicle of Michael Collins to the more sheltered street driving. Michael Collins left the protective cover of the vehicle to a better firing position against the attackers to get. At this moment, however, blocked the machine gun armed vehicle.



Michael Collins was in that moment a serious head injury when he was in the same moment his rifle abfeuerte. He died several minutes later.






On 22 August, a huge military parade in his honor, in Dublin instead.

At the cemetery in Dublin in the suburb of Glasnevin Michael Collins was buried.


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