On April 8th 1922, Michael Collins visited Wexford Town where he made a speech at St. Peter’s Square to a large crowd. In this newsreel, we see some disruption caused by the anti-Treaty IRA. Train tracks were tampered with and in some cases lines were destroyed. This was done to stop people travelling to see Michael Collins and indicates the unrest in the country at the time as a result of the recent political developments.
In his speech in Wexford, Collins stated: ‘No good can come of a division among ourselves, from civil war, from mutiny…’