The Big Fella
•I attended the annual Michael Collins Beal na mBlath commemoration, and I just wanted to express my disappointment at Professor Edward Walsh's speech at this event.
I have been a huge admirer of Michael Collins ever since I saw Neil Jordan's film as a child. You can say what you like about the factual merits of the film, but many of us have Neil Jordan to thank for raising the profile of Collins, to reach many people who might have remained unaware of him due to the lack of detail in school history books.
Since seeing that film, and reading many books about him, I had long wished to travel to Beal na mBlath and contribute to his memory.