Wednesday 22 August 2012

90 years ago today: the death of Michael Collins

Ninety years ago today, General Michael Collins was killed during an ambush with Anti-Treaty forces at Béal na mBláth, Co Cork.

This month’s featured document at Military Archives is a handwritten list of the pall bearers of his coffin, which, on 28 August 2012, was carried by gun carriage from the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin to be interred at Glasnevin cemetery. Additional details about the instructions given to the pall bearers, together with contextual information and photographs are also available.

Below is a short video of the funeral.