Historic mementoes can inspire us all
Published 04/12/2012 | 05:00
When the history department of University College Cork organised a 'revolutionary decade roadshow' in Clonakilty, nearly 200 people turned up.
One, Mim O'Donovan from Bandon, brought with her a once-lost treasure and a remarkable story.
Her aunt, Agnes Hurley of Bandon, was 18 years old in 1922. She was a keen photographer. On August 23, 1922, she went to Beal na Blath and took pictures of the ambush scene where General Michael Collins had been killed the previous day. One has survived, as well as a picture of Collins in an open car, taken in Bandon hours before his death.