Michael Collins 1890-1922) Irish Nationalist, Sinn Fein leader, founder and director
Michael Collins 1890-1922) Irish Nationalist, Sinn Fein leader, founder and director of intelligence of the Irish Republican Army 1919, minister for finance in the provisional government of the Irish Free State 1922, and for ten days Head of State before being killed. Born in County Cork, he became an active member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and in 1916 fought in the Easter Rising. In 1918 he was elected a Sinn Fein member to the Dail, and became a minister in the Republican Provisional government. In 1921 he and Arthur Griffith were mainly responsible for the treaty that established the Irish Free State. During the ensuing civil war, Collins took command and crushed the opposition in Dublin and the large towns within a few weeks. When Griffiths died Collins became head of the state and the army, but he was ambushed near Cork by fellow Irishmen on 22nd August and killed. Topfoto stills library picture library stock archive vintage Ireland Irish Rebellion 1916
Assen, Holland: Britain Mike Hailwood (N0. 1), worlds motor cycling champion, riding
Assen, Holland: Britain Mike Hailwood (N0 . 1), worlds motor cycling champion, riding a four-cylinder Italian M.V., closely follows team mate Giacomo Agostini (N0.2) as they round a bend during Senior Dutch T.T. Race at Assen, June 26th, Hailwood, who won the recent Isle of Man Senior T.T., for the third successive year, set up a new record when he won the event after a great duel with Agostini. His time for the 96.6-mile race was duel with Agostini. His time for the 96.6-miles race was 64:59.6 seconds - An average of 88.4 M.P.H.
29 June 1965
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Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916 Mary Spring Rice and Molly
Preparations for the Easter (Dublin) Rising of 1916
Mary Spring Rice and Molly Childers on the yacht Asgard bring guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers, July 1914.
The box of ammunition is clearly marked Hamburg - the guns were sourced from Germany, Britain's oppoment in WW1
Asgard was Erskine Childers s last, and most famous, yacht: in June 1914 he used it to smuggle a cargo of 900 elderly but serviceable Mauser Model 1871 rifles and 29, 000 black powder cartridges to the Irish Volunteers movement at the fishing village of Howth, County Dublin (later known as the "Howth gun-running"). It was acquired by the Irish government as a sail training vessel in 1961, stored on dry land in the yard of Kilmainham Gaol in 1979, and finally became a static exhibit at The National Museum of Ireland in 2012. Topfoto stills library picture library stock archive vintage Ireland Irish Rebellion 1916