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Michael Collins

by Anne Dolan & William Murphy The Collins Press (October 05, 2018)

‘It was the most providential escape yet. It will probably have the effect of making them think that I am even more mysterious than they believe me to be, and that is saying a good deal.’ 

Michael Collins...


An Irish Navvy - The Diary of an Exile

by Donall MacAmhlaigh The Collins Press (March 05, 2003)

DIrish construction workers in post-war Britain are celebrated in song and story. Donall MacAmhlaigh kept a diary as he worked the sites, danced in the Irish halls, drank in Irish pubs and lived the life of...


Forgotten Hero of Bunker Valentin

by Michèle Callan The Collins Press (March 01, 2017)

In 1943, thirty-two Irish POWs refused a Gestapo request to work for Germany. They were sent to a labour camp, where they were starved, beaten and forced to dig the foundations for a Nazi super-structure codenamed...


When the Clock Struck in 1916

by Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly The Collins Press (March 20, 2015)

‘Well, I’ve helped to wind up the clock – I might as well hear it strike.’ Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. The Easter Rising of 1916 was a seminal moment in Ireland’s turbulent history. For the combatants...


Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution

by Cal McCarthy The Collins Press (April 03, 2007)

Cumann na mBan, a women’s support group to the Irish Volunteers, was founded in 1914. Nationalist in outlook, its aims centred on arming Irish men, generating propaganda and presenting a united Irish opposition...


The GAA v Douglas Hyde

by Cormac Moore The Collins Press (September 07, 2012)

On 13 November 1938, just months after his inauguration, President Douglas Hyde attended a soccer match between Ireland and Poland. In a passionate reaction, the GAA declared that by attending a ‘foreign game’,...


The Legendary Casey Brothers

by Jim Hudson & Jim Casey The Collins Press (September 15, 2013)

Nowhere in the annals of sport is there a family so gifted. In 1982 the seven Casey brothers were inducted into the Irish Sports Hall of Fame, the only family ever to receive that honour. The brothers, from...


The Fethard-on-Sea Boycott

by Tim Fanning The Collins Press (March 01, 2010)

In 1957, Sheila Cloney, Protestant wife of a Catholic farmer, fled from her home near the Wexford village of Fethard-on-Sea with her young daughters after refusing to bow to the demands of the local Catholic...