Irish history has many amassing figures that show strength, leadership and resilience. Many of them fought for Irish freedom. Names like James Connolly, Padraic Pearse, Eamon de Valera, might need no introduction along with the others that like Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Joseph Plunkett, Robert Emmet, Arthur Griffith and Isaac Butt. There are also other ancient folklore legends like Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Cuchulainn and Maeve of Connaught that show the Irish bravery, courage and dignity. Michael Collins, was born in Woodford, West Cork in 1890. West Cork is probably the best place in the world. It’s also the place where people suffered all the horrors of the great famine, their spirit however was unbroken. It was the place and the part of the country that was “unconquered and of the unconquerable man.” Michael was very fond of books. At the age of 12, he was studying the writings of Arthur Griffith, the founder of Sinn Fein, a fascinating journalist. Griffith was the voice to which all the young and generous in Ireland listened to in those days. Little did Michael know that he would work with Griffith in the cause of Irish Unity.
Michael went to school in Lisavaird. The spread of primary education brought many benefits. Unfortunately, it had one grave flaw: it tended to destroy what remained of the national language and the national culture. The aim of the British rule was to make the people of Ireland into law abiding British citizens. Michael had been excluded from learning the Irish language as it was believed that Ireland was a language of poverty. You could only get on in those days by using the language of the conqueror. He moved to London to work and where he met Joe O’Reilly. They would work together for the cause for Irish freedom. The Gaelic Athletic Association was very popular in London as well as in Ireland. Some of the men who were associated with GAA in London were Michael Breathnach and Padraic Pearse. Who were to be the founders of Irish literature.
For many young men at the time, Collins was thinking about moving to America, where the better opportunities existed for intelligent Irish scholars. But when he left, it was to go to answer the call of Sean MacDiarmada, of the Irish Republic Brotherhood. The Irish Republican Brotherhood set up a rising against the British rule. Collins worked as a clerk in London from 1906 until he returned to Ireland in 1916. The legendary Irish revolutionary was known to be an avid reader during his brief career he set up a few underground newspapers networks. As director of the organisation, Collins had been responsible for drafting new constitutions for the volunteers. A complete picture of Ireland’s resources for the men fighting for Irish freedom. Collins distils his political thoughts and offers his unique insights into Ireland's troubled history.
On Monday 24th of April 1916, the Irish Volunteers and the citizen Army marched from Liberty Hall to the General Post Office. Padraic Pearse, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett were the leaders of the head of the column. Michael Collins was behind them. Pearse read out loud the proclamation of the provisional government.
"Irish men and women In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades in arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past. We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline, and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.”
The GPO was bombarded by the British, and the building took fire. A call for peace and surrender was made. Michael Collins was one of the group of men who made it out and escaped the gunfire. When a decision was made to surrender, the leaders would die, but their sacrifice would bear fruit.
The others that marched and fought in the Easter Rising along with Collins were arrested. Michael was released in December 1916. In December 1918 he was one of 27 out of 73 elected Sinn Féin members (most of whom were in jail) when Dáil Éireann convened in Dublin and declared for the republic. Their elected president, Eamon de Valera, and vice president, Arthur Griffith, were both in prison. Michael Collins was “on the run” and he turned his attention to the whole field of communications. He was nominated as director of intelligence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and the network grew stronger whereby information was passed and there was no obstacle of communication. “I do not allow myself to feel I am on the run. That is my safeguard. It prevents me from acting in a manner likely to arouse suspicion”. British spies and detectives regarded him as “a dangerous man”.
Warnings were sent to the detectives who were spying on members of Sinn Fein. Sean Mac Diarmada was one of the members that was shot, Ironically a member who knew what Michael looked like. In 1919 Mr Eamon de Valera slipped back to Dublin and was elected as president of Dail Eireann along with other members like Arthur Griffith (Home affairs), Michael Collins (Finance), Cathal Brughal (Defence) Count Plunkett (Foreign Affairs) W.T Cosgrave (Local government) Countess Markievicz (labour), Eoin MacNeill (Industry).
They were set out with a task of seeking a national loan. Michael appealed to his essentially constructive and practical mind. He prepared conditions for the loan- called a prospectus – which he inserted as an advertisement into the Irish weekly papers. The proceeds of the loan wrote:
"the loan will be used for propagating the Irish case all over the world: for establishing in foreign countries consular services to promote Irish trade and commerce; for developing and encouraging re-afforestation of the country; for developing and encouraging Irish industrial effort.. for establishing National Arbitration courts.” For civil disputes.
Michael Collins was now in his 13th year as Ireland’s first Finance Minister. A French journalist named Simone Tery wrote “at first sight the minister of finance looks like a bon vivant - a person who devotes themselves to a sociable and luxurious lifestyle. Not all of his acquaintances thought so highly of him. His bold and determined language, together with his intolerance of slackness and inefficiency, made him enemies. Some thought he interfered too much in the work of their departments. This “Interference” however was constructive; it took the form of assistance and guidance necessary to make the different department work smoothly together. He has the role as a co-ordinator. He was the man who got things done. To his own staff, he was the key man in the Anglo Irish war. In serving him, they were serving Ireland. His complete dedication commanded their loyalty and respect.
During this time, Ireland was now openly at war with the British rule. For the British, the situation was serious. Strong measures were needed. So they ordered the black and tans into Ireland. This sinister force was later joined by “Auxiliaries”. The war intensified. In their search, they raided houses and offices. This resulted in people being taken from their bed and shot. Most of the victims had no connection with the volunteers. On the night of 20th March 1920, Tomas MacCurtain, lord mayor of Cork, was murdered in the presence of his wife by members of the RIC. Terence MacSwiney read ‘one of the greatest speeches in Irish history’
"I come here more as a soldier stepping into the breach than an administrator to fill the first post in municipality. We see in the manner in which our late Lord Mayor was murdered an attempt to terrify us all. Our duty is to answer that threat in the only fitting manner, by showing ourselves unterrified – coll and inflexible for the fulfilment of our chief purpose – the establishment of the independence and integrity of our country.. I was more closely associated than any other here with our late murdered friend and colleague, both before and since the opening of the Irish War of Independence, in prison and out of it, in a common love for Ireland, down to the day of his death. For that reason I take his place. It is, I think, though as I say it, the fitting answer to those who struck him down.” “Mourn for him but let your mourning be that for a martyr who triumphs. Ireland has a lost noble son, as France lost a noble daughter”.
The black and tans continued to terrorise the people all over the country. They burned, destroyed and murdered at will. By the end of 1920, the British decided that it was time to put an end once and for all to the activities of Michael Collins and his associates. ‘They think when they get me everything will be over’ said Collins laughingly to Beaslai ‘They’ll get the hell of a drop’. The decision was then made to order the execution of twenty members of the gang. That Sunday was known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ - Bloody Sunday was a massacre on 30 civilians on January 1972 when British soldiers shot 26 unarmed civilians during a protest march in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. The news had not reached the public, life in Dublin went on as usual. The GAA match between Dublin and Tipperary was to be held that afternoon in Croke park. It was in full progress and then all of lorries full of Auxiliaries suddenly appeared on the scene. They shot their military vehicles at the crowd and players on the pitch killing 14 people.
The office of the freemen’s journal was burnt by crown forces on 29 November 1920 and the ‘Burning of Cork’ began. Auxiliaries, Black and Tans and British soldiers burned homes near the ambush site, before looting and burning numerous buildings in the centre of Cork, Ireland's real capital. Many civilians reported being beaten, shot at, and robbed by British forces. Firefighters testified that British forces hindered their attempts to tackle the blazes by intimidation, cutting their hoses and shooting at them. Two unarmed IRA volunteers were also shot dead at their home in the north of the city. More than 40 business premises, 300 residential properties, the City Hall and Carnegie Library were destroyed by fires, many of which were started by incendiary bombs. The economic damage was estimated at over £3 million equivalent to €155 million while 2,000 people were left jobless and many more became homeless. British forces carried out many similar reprisals on Irish civilians during the war, notably the Sack of Balbriggan three months before, but the burning of Cork was one of the most substantial. The British government at first denied that its forces had started the fires, and only agreed to hold a military inquiry. This concluded that a company of Auxiliaries were responsible, but the government refused to publish the report at the time. No one was held accountable for the burning.
The volunteers of Cork started their rebellion and achieved some notable victories such as the Kilmichael ambush in which a party of Auxiliaries was attacked and only one survived. The ‘Flying columns’ were especially active in the south of Ireland such as the Crossbarry Battle, under the leadership of Tom Barry. After Bloody Sunday, Arthur Griffith was arrested and lodged in Mountjoy. His first action was to appoint Michael Collins as acting president of Dail Eireann. The prospects of Peace seemed light.
On 23 December 1920, the Government of Ireland Act was passed. The Act's long title was "An Act to provide for the better government of Ireland"; it is also known as the Fourth Home Rule Bill or (inaccurately) as the Fourth Home Rule Act. The Act was intended to partition Ireland into two self-governing polities: the six north-eastern counties were to form "Northern Ireland", while the larger part of the country was to form "Southern Ireland". Both territories were to remain part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and provision was made for their future reunification through a Council of Ireland. The Act was passed by the British Parliament in November 1920, received royal assent in December, and came into force on 3 May 1921.
The smaller Northern Ireland was duly created with a devolved government and remained in the UK. The larger Southern Ireland was not recognised by most of its citizens, who instead recognised the self-declared Irish Republic in the on-going Irish War of Independence. The conflict resulted in the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921. Under the treaty, Ireland would leave the UK (with the option for Northern Ireland opt out and remain in the UK) in December 1922 and become the Irish Free State, now the Republic of Ireland. The institutions set up under this Act for Northern Ireland continued to function until they were suspended by the British parliament in 1972 as a consequence of the Troubles.
The Collins family home at Woodfield was burned down with all its contents. In 1921, the king of England travelled to Belfast to open the new parliament. He was said to be a humane man. He had been concerned at the state of affairs in Ireland and had urged Llyoyd George to intensify his efforts for peace. The kings speech, which had been prepared in consultation with Llyod George, took the form of an appeal to all Irishmen to make peace for the common good of their country. His sentiments, though admirable, took little account of the fact that the quarrel was not between Irish men, north and south, but between Ireland and England. A truce was called after the destruction of the British administrative system. It was clear that the British cabinet would not recognise Ireland as a sovereign state. In spite of this, acceptance of the invitation was approved by the Dail and cabinet. A truce was finally agreed upon between the British army and the Irish Army, to come into effect on 11 July 1921. Sean MacEoin was released as one of the negotiable conditions.
“Now we are going to be really tested. The days ahead are going to be truly trying ones and we can only face them with set faces and hearts, full of hope and confidence. It would be very dreadful if we did anything wrong” – Collins. President de Valera drew up a draft treaty based on his idea of the future of British and Irish agreements. The Irish fought side by side over this decision, many of them believed that they should fight for Irish independence not an ‘external associate’ without allegiance to the English crown. The two sides of the treaty led to a civil war in Ireland. The British would not recognise the republic. The instruction did not agree with the powers given to them to ‘ negotiate and conclude .. a treaty or treaties of settlement, association and accommodation between Ireland and the community of nations known as the British commonwealth.’
Lloyd George was now determined to force the issue. He offered that the state would have its own independent monetary system. The delegates were informed that they must sign the agreement that day or else there will be immediate and terrible war’. In the end they all gave in under pressure. The articles of agreement for a treaty between Great Britain and Ireland. ‘I have signed my own death warrant’ said Collins. Two opposing ‘sides’ were slowly emerging: those who accepted the Treaty and those who didn’t. It was the ‘greatest Niagara of continuous eloquence in Irish history’. There was much oratory and moving professions of faith in Ireland, the republic and its own representatives. The decision was brought up whether it was a choice between the treaty and war, or between an independent republic and a British dominion.
“In my opinion, it gives us the freedom, not the ultimate freedom that all nations desire and develop to, but the freedom to achieve it”
“Are we never going to stand on our own feet?”
“I have not said a harsh word about anybody, yet I have been called a traitor. Well let the Irish people decide whether I am or not”
“If there are men who act towards me as a traitor I am prepared to meet them anywhere, anytime, now as in the past”
“Ireland has full liberty to accept or reject. I signed and I recommended.”
“I am concerned this is not a question of politics, nor never has been. I make the promise publicly to the Irish nation that I will do my best, and though some people here have said hard things of me, I would not stand things like that said about the other side. I have just as high a regard for some of them, and am prepared to do as much for them now, as always. The President knows how I tried to do my best for him, he has exactly the same position in my heart now as he always had.”
The decision to take on that day was to bring tragedy to some and sorrow to all.
On the morning of Tuesday 22 August 1922, Collins and a small party set out for Bandon. From there they went to Sam’s cross, where the Collins family gathered to receive him. They drove back to Macroom and came up to the crossroads of Beal na mBlath, where a group of Irish republicans exchanged fire and the commander-in-chief passed into history.
"I shall not last long; my life is forfeit, but I shall do my best. After I am gone it will be easier for others" "Our strength as a nation will depend upon our economic freedom, and upon our moral and intellectual force. In these we can become a shining light in the world”
"Let us not waste our energies brooding over the more we might have got. Let us look upon what it is we have got"
"Let us be judged for what we attempted rather than what we achieved"
“Give us the future..we’ve had enough of your past..give us back our country to live in—to grow in..to love.”
"We have to learn that freedom imposes responsibilities"
“He was an Irish patriot true and fearless.” – Winston Churchill
Collins was a hero of the Irish struggle for independence, best remembered for his daring freedom strategy. He was a man that had great ability and the force, the enthusiasm and the drive for Ireland’s calling. Today he has the influence from younger generation to stand for a calling for world unity.
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Provisional name for something with real purpose.
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Men and women In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of brotherhood, Ireland, Europe and the world through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the world as a Sovereign Independent unified state, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
We are entitled to, and hereby claim, the allegiance of every man and woman. We can guarantee religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursuit of happiness and prosperity of the whole world and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Governmentss, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past and continue to do so today, by the declaration of unnecessary warfare that takes lives from those who want to live amongst one another, and above all in peace and unity. We place the cause of world freedom under the protection of the Most High God, whose blessing we invoke upon, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour of world unity as a must, by its valour and discipline, and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.
After I am gone it will be easier for others. Our strength as a world and region will depend upon our economic freedom, and upon our moral and intellectual force. In these we can become a shining light in the world.
Let us not waste our energies brooding over the more we might have got. Let us look upon what it is we have got.
Let us be judged for what we attempted rather than what we achieved.
Give us the future..we’ve had enough of your past..give us back our country to live in—to grow in..to love. We have to learn that freedom imposes responsibilities.
A hero best remembered for his daring freedom strategy, to advance civilisation towards a more peaceful, sustainable and healthier prosperous planet. He was a man that had great ability and the force, the enthusiasm and the drive for universal calling.
I'd appreciate if we could move towards the direction of solving real economic, social and environmental problems with an artificial hypothetical and analytical, approach to creating, growing and developing a diplomatic and unified world for everyone, everything and its freedom.
An té a bhíónn siúlach, bíonn scéalach