Today (22 August 2012) marks the 90th anniversary of Michael Collins’ death. Born in 1890, Collins was a prominent IRA leader famous for his guerrilla warfare tactics used primarily during the Anglo-Irish War of 1919 – 1921. His actions caused the British to put a £10,000 price on his head. Collins’ also was a very prominent member of Sinn Féin. In July of 1921 he and Arthur Griffith was sent to London to negotiate and sign the Anglo-Irish treaty, which gave Ireland dominion status. On 22 August 1922, while doing a military inspection, Collins was ambushed by anti-treaty insurgence and killed during the gun fire.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica. “Michael Collins”. http://www.britannica.com.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/EBchecked/topic/125817/Michael-Collins.
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