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Michael Collins was right about the treaty — and nobody proved it better than Dev

The Big Fella had a broader view of Ireland’s future than any of his peers

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Éamon de Valera (right) in 1921 with Arthur Griffiths. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Éamon de Valera (right) in 1921 with Arthur Griffiths. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Tim Pat Coogan

Tim Pat Coogan

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Éamon de Valera (right) in 1921 with Arthur Griffiths. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On a mantelpiece in my boyhood home of Tudor Hall, Monkstown, there stood a clock that had been taken from Dublin Castle.

My mother steadfastly averred that it stopped at the moment Michael Collins received the independence of Ireland from Viceroy Lord Edmund FitzAlan.


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