We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on last Sunday evening’s programme (details below) –26th Dec. 2021 at 7pm on C103. A new programme is presently being broadcast on this Sunday, 2nd Jan. 2022 from 7 to 8pm. (S.R.)
The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in London, on December 6th 1921.
Back in Ireland and in between debates on the Treaty, Michael Collins took some downtime and headed home to Woodfield for Christmas. It would be his last Christmas. Eight months later he was assassinated in Béal na Bláth on August 22nd.
On Christmas day evening, Michael Collins and his brother Johnny walked to the top of Carraigaradhairc, close to what was now the burned out remains of the family home at Woodfield.
Based on research and interviews recorded with Johnny Collins, Tim Crowley of the Michael Collins’ Centre has written a thirty minute radio play based on what the brothers discussed.
The play – ‘Michael Collins’s Last Christmas’, was heard on “Where the road takes me” on St. Stephen’s Day evening, almost exactly one hundred years to the day later.