Tuesday 24 September 2019

6 never before seen photos of Irish rebel Michael Collins

Ros Madigan

The Independent Archives is an archive photo project set up by Independent Newspapers (Ireland) and the National Archive of Ireland.

The project will see a selection of their 4.3 million archive photos digitized and made available online for the first time ever. These photo date back to the 1900s and contain some of Ireland’s most important historical moments of the twentieth century.

As part of the project, Independent Archives have released a collection of images of Michael Collins which the the public are likely to have never seen before.

You can check out all the photos (and their captions) below:


"L-R: Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera, possibly during 1921 Truce."


"Michael Collins arrives at Earlsfort Terrace for the debate on the ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Dec 1921-Jan 1922."


"Michael Collins arrives at the National University buildings on Earlsfort Terrace for the Treaty debate, Dec 1921-Jan 1922."


"From right: Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, and an unidentified National Army officer, 1922"


"Michael Collins leaving Earlsfort Terrace after a Dáil Treaty debate, Dec 1921-Jan 1922. In the background is his ADC Col. Joe O'Reilly."


"L-R: Eamon Duggan, Arthur Griffith, and Michael Collins, possibly in Hans Place, London. All three were members of the Irish delegation to London that negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. The delegates lodged at Hans Place, near Hyde Park."

Who was Michael Collins?

Michael Collins was born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in 1890. Having fought in the Easter Rising, he became a key figure in a number of organisations after 1916.

His most significant roles were as Sinn Féin Minister for Finance and IRA Director of Intelligence. He was one of the leaders of the Irish delegation that negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty and subsequently became its most forceful advocate.

He then became chairman of the Provisional Government established to oversee the handover of power and commander in chief of the National Army.

He was killed in an ambush in his native Co. Cork on 22 August 1922, in the early months of the Civil War.

His body was brought by ship to Dublin, where his funeral, recorded here, became a massive public event.

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