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Not to be confused with the Michael Collins who chauffeured Niel Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
He was only 29 at the time. Nice kid from a nice Cork family. A few years earlier he had been a bank clerk in London. He basically went from that to being an incredibly successful spymaster and guerrilla leader, finance minister, statesman, and by the time of his death in an ambush at age 32, virtual dictator of Ireland.
The man hid from the brits for years in plain sight. He was right under their noses the entire time.
He has that “Get those damn British kids the hell off my lawn” look.
he looks angry.
also, i think the villain of Charlie’s Angels looks just like him.
My great-granda fought with Collins in Easter 1916 and was subsequently interned in Frongoch afterwards.
My own Granda who passed away a few years ago was given Collins as his middle name to honour big Mick.
He was arguably one of the best guerrilla and intelligence operators in modern history, as attested by the phenomenal work the squad did in destroying the bastards in the Cairo gang.
Collins gets a bad rep from signing the Treaty, and he knew himself he was signing his own death warrant, but I do believe Dev was right when he said, ‘It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.’
As a personal anecdote, my great-grandfather fought under De Valera’s command during the Rising and my Granda attended Dev’s state funeral as a pallbearer (he was also given a small bronze bust of Dev too, I’ve got a photo of it in my previous posts).
That my great-granda named my Granda ‘Collins’ only attests to the esteem he was held in, even by someone who fought under his main political rival.
A very distant relative of mine Michael Collins through my mother’s side
He was Director of Intelligence of the IRA. This made him essentially the leader of the armed campaign
Good hairstyle was 100 years ahead of its time.
If they make another movie about him, Iwan Rheon is pretty much a lock for the lead role.
One of the very few photos of him. He made careful efforts to not have his face shown. He also wrote the book on how to fight a successful urban guerrilla war and his tactics have been used in many conflicts and as I understand were required reading for the CIA.
>“Give us the future..we’ve had enough of your past..give us back our country to live in—to grow in..to love.”
-During the treaty negotiations.
>“To me the task is a loathsome one. I go in the spirit of the soldier who acts against his best judgment at the orders of his superior.”
-On being sent to Downing Street for the negotiations.
>“Think what have I got for Ireland … Something which she has wanted these past 700 years, will anyone be satisfied with this bargain, will anyone? I tell you this, early this morning I have signed my death warrant.”
-After signing the treaty.
>“In my opinion, it gives us freedom, not the ultimate freedom that all nations desire.. but the freedom to achieve it.”
Many homes in Cork have a picture of Michael Collins by the front door. A picture of the pope underneath and a font of holy water to cross yourself with as you enter.
What’s the best book on him?
Dude looks like an angry VP of Finance at a mid-size home improvement chain in New England.
He’s not pleased that an analyst fucked something up and he has to revise some numbers already reported to the board.
‘They know what we eat for breakfast!’
‘Well there’s only one way to beat the Brits then. Find out what they eat for breakfast!’