Listowel stands up for the Big Fella

ALLEGATIONS that Michael Collins signed the Treaty out of fear that a secret lover would reveal he had fathered her illegitimate child have been described as disgraceful by the War of Independence heros Listowel grandnephew, Robert Pierse.While rumours have abounded for some years of Collinss relationship with London establishment figures

By Dónal Nolan

ALLEGATIONS that Michael Collins signed the Treaty out of fear that a secret lover would reveal he had fathered her ‘illegitimate’ child have been described as ‘disgraceful’ by the War of Independence hero’s Listowel grandnephew, Robert Pierse.

While rumours have abounded for some years of Collins’s relationship with London establishment figures sympathetic to the Irish movement, including most notably Lady Hazel Lavery, rarely have they been voiced as openly as on the Vincent Browne RTÉ Radio One programme last week.

During a discussion about the revolutionary career of Collins’s right-hand man, Harry Boland, with his grandson of the same name it was alleged that Michael Collins had been taken into a room prior to the signing of the Treaty where he met with a woman for an hour. When he emerged from the room he signed the document, which he famously said was akin to signing his own death sentence.

The allegation is that the woman, Moya Llewellyn Davies, was a lover of Michael Collins and gave birth to his son.

The Big Fella’s grandnephew, prominent Listowel solicitor Robert Pierse, has described the dubious allegation as ‘muck-raking’ and rejected out of hand any notion that descendants of Michael Collins, through the Llewellyn-Davies line, might exist today.

“This comes as total news to me and it seems as if they’re really trying to tear people apart. My mother was his eldest niece and there was never any talk of this in the household over the years. Really, it’s raking up mud and it’s just disgraceful. You can defame the dead with impunity,” he said.



He did not say if the family would seek DNA testing to resolve the controversy.



























Robert Pierse



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