ON THIS DAY...
100 Years ago...,
Irish leader Collins killed in ambush
August 22, 1922.
Michael Collins, the Irish warrior politician who became a legend in the fight for Irish Independence is dead. He was killed today by a ricochet bullet during an ambush at Eal-na-Blath in his native Cork. Collins was both the Chairman of the Irish Free State and C-in-C of its army.
With the death last week in hospital of Arthur Griffiths, the Dail's President, after illness, Ireland has now lost the two staunchest supporters of the historic treaty which created the Irish Free State.
Article from "Chronicle of the 20th Century" ISBN 1 872031 80 3
For those interested -
If you have any interest at all in Ireland's troubled past and Michael Collins himself, I can thoroughly recommend "MICHAEL COLLINS - A life" by James Mackay
Michael Collins was one of the most charismatic figures to emerge during the struggles for the independence of Ireland. This biography charts the dramatic rise of the country boy who became head of the Free State and commander-in-chief of the army, before his death in 1922 aged only 31.