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General Michael Collins

Today August 22nd. 2013 is the 91st Anniversary of the murder of Michael Collins on August 22nd. 1922 during Ireland's relatively brief but highly tragic Civil War.

General Michael Collins (The Big Fella) was a somewhat controversial figure in the Irish achievement of freedom from British Rule after 800 years.  He was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Defence Forces.

In a splendid action taken by the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces a memorial has been unveiled at 1200 today at Cathal Brugha Barracks at the location of the above photograph.  This Memorial was proposed, established and funded by the men and women of the Defence Forces stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks.

In the photograph above General Collins is striding across the parade ground closely followed by a young piper named Alphonsus Culleton.  With Michael Collins long stride the young Culleton has a hard time playing his pipes and keeping up the pace.  One might also note that General Collins has his revolver in a 'quick draw' tied down position common with special reaction teams today.

grand-niece Helen Collins laying a wreath at the site

With so many changes in the culture and life-style of Ireland NAUTICAL LOG would like to congratulate and thank those stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks for this Memorial of our real Irish history.

go raibh mait agat agus

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Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM
International Master Mariner (retired)


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