9 thoughts on “In memory of Michael Collins”

  1. Never heard MICHAEL COLLINS was at CLONBANIN and I SPOKE to many of those in the FLYING COLUMNS and THE RED PATH OF GLORY also. Honor the GREAT MAN FOR THINGS HE DID

  2. The Clonbanin Ambush Commemoration Committee was formed in January 2020 with the intention of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Ambush with a ceremony to be held on 6th March 2021. We also decided to do an upgrade on the existing Monument which included the fitting of a flagpole to raise the Tricolour. The purpose of this is to honour events throughout the country ,where lives were lost,during the struggle for our Independence . The death of Michael Collins was one of these events.

  3. It is most commendable to commemorate the events and those killed during our War of Independence. These have be done in an appropriate context. Michael Collins was not involved in the Clonbanin Ambush or in any other ambush during the War of Independence. His very unfortunate death occurred in a skirmish at Beal na Blath where he acted very foolishly and which happened in the course of the war launched by him Dublin in June 1922.

  4. I, too, would like to add my ‘tuppence’ worth, to the discussion which appears to have broken out with regard to the flying of the ‘National Flag’ at the Clonbanin Ambush memorial site on August 22nd. I find it intriguing, even in these politically ecumenical times, that the flying of the flag on the date in question, at the site in question, should be construed as having ties and significance with events being celebrated elsewhere.

    It has to be pointed out that, rightly or wrongly, the ‘Tricolour’ is in situ’ at some of the other local Ambush sites on a constant basis. It has to be pointed out also, that the ‘Let Erin Remember’ series of Ambush Memorials were put in place a number of years ago by a very dedicated group, to do just that… To let Erin remember the sacrifices, risks taken and achievements of local men and women from the greater Duhallow area in pursuit of Irish Freedom during the War of Independence.

    What followed in 1922, a less honorable time in our history, when brother fought against brother, and Irishman fought against Irishman, was never part of that commemorative masterplan, and rightly so, in my opinion. This is why I’m intrigued with the origin of this discussion and why I hope that as the centenary of each of the local Ambushes are commemorated albeit in these trying pandemic times, that the focus will be on the sacrifices and achievements of each individual and group involved in the various Ambushes, including Clonbanin, rather than immersing them in events from other times or parts of the country!

  5. I agree with Jerry Doody’s sentiments. We are surely obliged to commemorate the events and the gallant men and women who achieved the successes of our War of Independence at Clonbanin and elsewhere, as has always been done, and not confuse or equate them in any way with another war and its initiator which is a blot on our history. It is bewildering that such a thing is even contemplated.

  6. I agree completely. Let’s celebrate that we from 1916 to 1921 led the way in the world-wide struggle against colonialism. That is why Asian and African nations looked to us for help at the UN in the 1950s and 60s. Revisionist historians never mention Frank Aiken’s role at the UN during that time. Because if they do, they have to accept the Irish War of Independence as part of that struggle. They are shameless.

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