August 22nd marks the 92nd anniversary of the day Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins was killed in a 1922 ambush during the Irish Civil War.
Collins was Ireland’s Minister for Finance, one of the delegates to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and Commander-in-chief of the National Army.
Most Irish political parties and citizens hold Collins in particularly high esteem as much more than a revolutionary leader. More like a founding father, he is recognized for his significant contribution to the founding of the modern Irish state.
On August 22, 1922, Collins set out in an open top car on a tour of West Cork, and though the exact details of his death are uncertain, he was shot and killed in Beal na Blath by anti-Treaty ambushers.