Michael Collins

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins Full Name: Michael Collins


Profession: Irish Nationalist Leader
Why Famous: One of the key leaders in the struggle for Irish independence during the early 20th century.

Collins along with Arthur Griffith were the main Irish representatives that negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921. The treaty concluded the Irish War of Independence and led to the establishment of the Irish Free State. It also caused a split in the IRA that led to the Irish Civil War.

He showed his support for the fledgling state by becoming Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army.

Collins was shot and killed by anti-Treaty republicans in an ambush at Béal na Bláth in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War.

Born: October 16, 1890
Star Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clonakilty, Ireland

Died: August 22, 1922 (aged 31)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Historical Events in the Life of Michael Collins

  • 1921-12-06 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
  • 1922-01-07 The Anglo-Irish Treaty is ratified by Dail Eireann by a 64-57 vote

Famous Assassinations