Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael Collins, Irish Patriot

Born 16 October 1890 near Clonakilty, County Cork, Michael Collins is credited with leading the successful guerrilla war campaign of the Irish War of Independence which forced the British into the truce of July 1921, the ultimate result of which was the Irish Free State. On 22 August 1922 Collins was killed during the Irish Civil War in a gun battle at Béal na mBláth (translated:"The Mouth of Flowers") in his native Cork. He was 32 years old. Over 500,000 people from both sides of the conflict attended his funeral in Dublin.

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