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Michael Collins, was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance & Teachta Dala (TD) for Cork South in the First Dail of 1919, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, & member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently, he was both Chairman of the Provisional Government & Commander-in-Chief of the National Army. Throughout this time, he was also President of the Irish Republican Army. Collins was shot & killed in August 1922.

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The news of Collins's death was a traumatic shock. During the Anglo-#Irish War (1919-1921) he led the IRA and was a member of the unofficial Irish government.

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Eamon de Valera (centre) strongly opposed the 1922 Anglo-Irish Treaty that brought about the partition of Ireland.

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Michael Collins. A leader of the Irish Rebellion. Director of Intelligence during the rebellion and later led the Irish Delegation in negotiations with the British to enact the Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty. Assassinated in 1922 during the Irish Civil War - he was 32 years old.

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Strongbow landed near-present day Waterford in August 1170 with 1000 men. They attacked and defeated the Viking city of Vadrefjord (Waterford), thereby breaking the treaty with O'Connor. Mac Murchada kept his word to Strongbow and gave him his daughter Aoife as wife, and thereby Strongbow became heir to Leinster's throne. Strongbow's men then went north, attacked and defeated Dublin expelling its Norse leader, Lord MacTorkil, in a boat.

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The Irish War of Independence (or the Anglo-Irish War) was a guerilla campaign mounted against the British government by the Irish Republican Army under the proclaimed legitimacy of the First Dail, the Irish parliament created in 1918 by a majority of Irish MPs. It lasted from January 1919 until the truce in July 1921 and ended with the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty (signed by Michael Collins for the Irish side).

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Rare video of Michael Collins - the day he “signed his own death warrant” Amazing British Pathé footage shows time when the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 was at the most critical moment. WWW.IRISHCENTRAL.COM

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Anglo-Irish Treaty – 6 December 1921

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Signing the Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921. Left to right: Griffith, Duggan, Childers (standing), Collins, Gavan Duffy, Barton and Chartres.

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