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Post Collins Barracks
Photos of Collins Barracks by John Galligan.
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In the top photo the rifle on the left looks like a Martini Henry.


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07 Nov 2009 22:57
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We must make contact to arrange to get a more in depth visit to Collins Barracks, if any one wants to take this on, I will pass on the contact details of the person who has agreed to help with this.


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Sikamick wrote:
We must make contact to arrange to get a more in depth visit to Collins Barracks, if any one wants to take this on, I will pass on the contact details of the person who has agreed to help with this.
Yep Mick count me in
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Takes me back to the old kit inspection days.... Platoon Seargent screaming at you, tossing your gear out the window. I was billeted in that building. The Top Floor. Where that exhibition is located used to be Signals workshops and beside it, Support company stores.


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My old pal took me to the Curragh a few years back, when I could finally visit the Roi again without causing an international incident, and he made me close my eyes as he led me into the hanger where this old ioc was parked.

Then he told me to open my eyes...
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I was so overcome that I couldn't speak for a while, as I went over and touched it, and then sat in the driver's seat.

Right where my dad had sat, all those years ago, with General Collins in the back, as he drove him around Dublin.

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I came across this little site dedicated to the memory of the Big Fella. A tribute website to a great man.


"It's my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense" (Eamon DeValera).

"Tribute to the 'Big Fella'"
By Humphrey Murphey

Bear him to that hallowed place,
Where our deathless dead are resting;
Where the spokesmen of our race
Gather for the final questing.

'Mid the statesmen who have died,
'Mid the orators and writers,
Make a splendid grave and wide,
For this peerless prince of fighters.

Press the kindly Irish earth
On the breast so broad and fearless,
Veil that laughing face, whose mirth
Vanished, leaves us poor and cheerless.

When the tempest lashed our land
And the feeble lights had dwindled;
He 'twas held the gleaming brand
Where the fires of warfare kindled.

Fearless, agile, unafraid,
Cool to watch and cordon tightening;
Rallying the half-dismayed,
Teaching how to strike like lightning.

God-like in the work achieved,
Sunshine flashed through clouds of terror
Still the captain unrelieved,
Strove with faction, pride and error.

Chivalrous, he fought his fight,
Kindly, patient, unrevealing;
Hopeful that the dawning light
Would reveal the nation smiling.

Lay his body in the earth,
Giant frame and soul are riven,
Think of Collins in his mirth
And his prayer, "Be they forgiven."

http://www.sarasmichaelcollinssite.com/.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROg92aorJo


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Michael Collins burial.
http://digital.nli.ie/cdm4/results.php? ... OX1=burial
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... Ipi=152617


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Anyone got the famous photo of Michael Collins in Dublin Castle court yard in uniform and wearing his Webley revolver.

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Sikamick wrote:
Anyone got the famous photo of Michael Collins in Dublin Castle court yard in uniform and wearing his Webley revolver.

Sikamick

Mick by any chance is this the photo you are talking about??If so. Give me a buzz and speak sweet things in my ear
ill give you a copy of it :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:


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A photo showing Michael Collins the Commander of the Irish Free State Army and Emmet Dalton, one of his Generals, outside a hotel in Bandon, Co. Cork on the day Collins was assassinated. It was the very rare 1921 Leyland Eight, favorably compared to the Rolls Royce. One survives.



Altogether, 14 cars were made, including 2 for the Maharajah of Patiala and one for Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary leader. The cars were all fitted with different bodies and it was a Leyland Eight that Parry-Thomas used in his early competitions in 1922.

http://www.parry-thomas.co.uk/


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Sikamick wrote:
Anyone got the famous photo of Michael Collins in Dublin Castle court yard in uniform and wearing his Webley revolver.

Sikamick


Michael Collins had a variety of small arms at his disposal. Webleys, Mausers etc, his personal side-arms at one time was a Luger pistol, now on display at the Collins Barrack museum, donated by the family in 2004. He was shown his first ever Thompson which was test fired...........http://thompsongunireland.com/Michael%20Collins.htm


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A great Picture of a True Leader.



Hawkeye thanks for the Printed Copy.

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Bob Briscoe's accounts, of his daring gunrunning for the old IRA and later for the Irgun, before he settled down to a respectable job as Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1956.

In the midst of the brutality, Collins summoned Briscoe, "our blessed jewman," (unlike the wretched Zvi Hendel MK today, Collins could then use the term with affection for the only Jew of senior rank in the IRA.) He dispatched Briscoe to Germany, with the cover of a Galway wool merchant and the swashbuckling operational name of Captain Swift, to buy arms. "From a secret underground of German ex-naval officers called Orgesh, I bought large quantities of automatic pistols called Peter the Painters and Parabellums, and variants with detachable stocks that converted them to small rifles, as well as considerable quantities of ammunition," wrote Briscoe.

When the arms had piled up in a Hamburg warehouse, Briscoe bought an old tramp steamer, the Karl Marx, and a seagoing tugboat, the Frieda. He loaded the Karl Marx with cement and had the Frieda tow it out to sea where it sailed north and south and north again shadowed by the suspicious Royal Navy. Meanwhile the arms-laden little Frieda slipped away and made a daring and successful run to Waterford.

Briscoe also ran the City of Dortmund, to and from German ports, with an all-IRA crew. In one of his finest operations, just before a peace treaty was agreed with Britain, Briscoe landed a haul of machine guns and a million rounds of ammunition in Ireland from the gunrunning ship Hannah.

Briscoe was always more reticent about his work for the Irgun. He became an enthusiastic supporter of Zionism after meeting Vladimir Jabotinsky when he visited Ireland to study the tactics of the IRA against the British and was fully briefed by Briscoe: "I appointed myself to a full professorship with the Chair of Subversive Activity against England." During the war he went to South Africa and raise considerable funds from its Jewish community to help ferry Jewish immigrants past the British and into Palestine.

But he conceded laconically: "Most of the immigrant work was organized by the Haganah. I naturally was drawn to the Irgun."

But after the sinking of the Irgun's gun-running ship, the Altalena, in Tel Aviv, Briscoe became horrified at the prospect of a Jewish civil war, like he had witnessed in Ireland. At a meeting with Menachem Begin in Paris, he urged Begin to abandon the Irgun as a physical force movement and convert it to a constitutional party, as the IRA had done.

In 1950, this old son of a gun traveled to Israel with President Eamonn De Valera, who had become his close friend. De Valera was impressed with Israel's progress but disturbed by the plight of the Arab refugees. And so was Briscoe - IRA man, Irgun man, Collins man, Jabotinsky man, Zionist, Irish nationalist and gunrunner. "De Valera sympathized with the Arab people in their hopes for independence and prosperity," he wrote. "So do I. I want to see all people this way - a world where every human being is of equal dignity and equal importance."


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Finance Minister Brian Lenihan on 22/08/2010 17:31:21
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Finance Minister Brian Lenihan this afternoon addressed crowds at the annual commemoration of the death of Michael Collins at Béal na mBláth in west Cork.
He is the first Fianna Fáil Minister to deliver a speech at what has been traditionally a Fine Gael event. Speaking at Beal na mBláth this afternoon, Minister Lenihan praised what he described as the "generous and unexpected" invitation for him to address the ceremony. He said while Fine Gael has of course been the political custodian of the memory of Michael Collins, the spirit of Collins is "the spirit of our nation, and it must continue to inspire all of us in public life, irrespective of party or tradition".

He said that if today's commemoration can be seen as a further public act of historical reconciliation between the two largest political parties in the State, at one of Irish history's sacred places, then he will be proud to have played his part.

Minister Lenihan added that he is convinced that the country has the ability to work through, and to overcome, its present financial difficulties.He however admitted that the scale of the challenges the country faces are great, and he acknowledged that the economic crisis has been devastating on the lives of so many Irish citizens.


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Recent Irish times article.

Evidence of an Irish politician's scruples on expenses . . . in 1922 A LETTER has been uncovered showing a politician’s concern about his personal use of an election car. Surely some mistake? Well, it was almost 90 years ago; and it did involve Michael Collins.
The letter, written 18 days before his death at Béal na mBláth, records him offering to pay half of the bill for a car hired for canvassing during the June 1922 election because some of the journeys were personal trips.

The letter was written to Skibbereen solicitor Tom Healy who had acted as election agent for Collins and seven other candidates. He hired cars from local firm Johnson and Perrott for canvassing.

However, the Civil War erupted after the pro-treaty victory and Cork was in chaos. The solicitor was concerned about the outstanding bills from the election and wrote to the five Cork candidates who had been elected. Collins received the letter by hand on August 4th and replied the same day. “ . . . I can only say that I think it would not be fair to charge full expenses for the car which I had from Messrs. Johnson Perrot [sic] for about a week to the ELECTION FUND”, he wrote. “Some of the journeys were private journeys, and I would say if the bill were got from Messrs. Johnson Perrot that half of it would be Election expenses and I would pay the other half myself.”

He had the car for about five days.

Despite being commander- in-chief of the National Army in the midst of a Civil War, Collins had the grace to apologise for the oversight in not settling the matter when he was in Cork.

He wrote: “It is to be hoped however, that you will get the matter completed without much further trouble to yourself”.

He signed it Miceál Ó Coileáin, a signature he had probably used since first attending Gaelic League classes in London.

Someone later added “Michael Collins” under the signature, presumably to indicate that “Miceál Ó Coileáin” denoted “Michael Collins”.

The correspondence has been in the possession of Mr Healy’s daughter, Marcie Healy, since he died in October 1957.

It appears that the solicitor had no luck in contacting the other four elected TDs and he later applied for an extension on the invoices.

Collins’s scrupulousness in handling third-party money is commensurate with his earlier employment. He had previously worked in a stockbroking company, a bank and an accountancy firm.


(Nb, Michael Collins did settle with a payment first-thing the following day!)


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Restoration of Sliabh na mBan

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Nb - The restoration work used the services of a famous coach builder from N Ireland, who helped restore the armored car to its original condition. It was one of 12 similar vehicles diverted from overseas sales to the newly formed free state. Of the twelve, it remains the only car to survive. All the others eventually were sold as scrap.

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An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Alan Shatter TD Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence were in The Curragh on Saturday to view the Irish War of Independence hero Michael Collins’ armoured car, writes Paula Campbell. The car has been restored by members of the Defence Forces based at the Curragh.


The car, which was escorting General Michael Collins when he was ambushed at Béal na Bláth in 1922, is of special significance to the Irish Defence Forces’ Cavalry Corps. It was among those vehicles handed over to the fledgling Cavalry Corps by the British Army following the War of Independence.

“It was restored at the vehicle workshop in the Curragh,” said Sgt JJ Ryan.

“It has been in the Curragh for the past 60 years before it was decided to restore it. It was a big job as it has a Rolls Royce engine.”

The car was travelling behind ‘The Big Fella’ on that fateful day when he was shot by a sniper in Beal na mBlath in Cork in August 1922.

“If he had have been in the car he would have been OK,” added Sgt Ryan. “There were three cars orginally [in the convoy] but this is the only one that is left.”

The official unveiling of the restored car was part of the Cavalry Corps Day last Saturday, September 3.

The ceremony centred around the annual anniversary mass for deceased members of the Cavalry Corps which was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Corps Memorial Garden.

The Taoiseach said that “it is my great pleasure to be present here on Cavalry Day to celebrate our country’s proud military tradition, which is so comprehensively recalled in the beautifully restored armoured car, ‘Sliabh na mBan’”.


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The last time I saw that was from the inside looking out - where my dad had been sitting all those years before.

Anyone else here got family memories of General Collins?

...and BTW, my half-Irish mother was a Collins. Not known if she was any kind of relation though, as her dad died on the Somme in 1917.

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Nun on the run,
Big Fella baffled pursuers with disguises.
"Collins, who will stop at nothing, is an expert shot."

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An original "criminal card" for Collins, issued by British Intelligence during the War of Independence. In it those seeking to arrest him were warned: "Collins, who will stop at nothing, is an expert shot." The card is expected to fetch between €3,000 and €5,000 at auction next month.




http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/fro ... 97080.html


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Collins Coins commemorating the 90th anniversary
http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=10842
http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 01655.html


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Beal na mBlath Commemoration 2012

http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2 ... na-mblath/
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