Michael Collins—man and myth
Born in West Cork in 1890, Michael Collins joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) as a
teenager while working as a clerk in London. He fought in the GPO in 1916, and rose to prominence
by the War of Independence, combining the positions of Dáil minister for finance and IRA director of
How can his meteoric rise be explained?
Why did he sign the Treaty?
Did he intend to tear it up and invade the North?
Was he by the outbreak of the Civil War effectively a military dictator?
Why are the circumstances of his death at Béal na Bláth, exactly a century ago, still disputed?
To address these and related questions, join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with John Borgonovo, Gemma Clark, Dominic Price and John Regan.
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