On This Day: Michael Collins

Published by Brian Ò'Sùilleabhàin on


On this day the 22nd of August 1922 one of the most influential figures in the fight for Irish freedom Michael Collins was shot and killed in Béal na mBláth, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.



Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader, politician, Minister for Finance, Director of Information, and Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Adjutant General, Director of Intelligence, and Director of Organisation and Arms Procurement for the IRA, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from November 1920 until his death, and member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently, he was both Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army.


Collins was shot and killed in an ambush in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War.



On the event of the 95th Anniversary of the death of Michael Collins, Michael Collins House, a new museum dedicated to the Irish revolutionary hero, will open FREE of charge.


22 August, 10am – 4pm

Michael Collins House,

7 Emmet Square,

Clonakilty Co. Cork