Michael Collins Crowds
In this newsreel from August 1922, more than half a million people line O’Connell Street to pay their respects to Michael Collins and silently bid farewell to ‘Ireland’s Soldier Statesman’. His brother Seán Collins can be seen behind the coffin as it leaves the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street Dublin, on its way to Glasnevin Cemetary.
Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early 20th century Irish struggle for independence. He was Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from January 1922. He was assassinated on August 22nd 1922 in Cork.