22 August 2013 - Unveiling of General Michael Collins Memorial .

At midday today, the Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle unveiled a memorial to the first Commander in Chief of the National Army, General Michael Collins, who died ninety one years ago, on the 22nd August 1922.

The site of the memorial is the location of the iconic photo of General Michael Collins walking through Cathal Brugha Barracks with a young civilian piper, Alphonsus Culloten, behind him. This picture was taken as he returned from a memorial service on the 7th of August 1922 , a number of days before General Collins himself was fatally wounded in Cork.

The Barrack Barber, Private Noel O'Donnell, personally researched the background to the photo with the assistance of the Barrack Engineer Section and Military Archives as the photo had hung in his Barbershop for many years. The exact location of the image was determined as the site for the memorial which was then financed and paid for by the soldiers of Cathal Brugha Barracks.

Speaking at the ceremony - Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle said; 

"I wish to commend the men and women of Cathal Brugha Barracks on proposing and establishing such an appropriate and fitting memorial to our first Commander in Chief. It re-affirms the Defence Forces enduring loyalty and commitment to the memory of General Michael Collins and this memorial is very much a tangible example of that, planned, funded and erected by the soldiers of this historic barracks in his memory."

Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines is the site of the memorial and is synonymous with General Michael Collins. The Barracks was formerly known as Portobello Barracks and it was from here that General Michael Collins led the embryonic National Army in 1922.

He lived in quarters which are currently occupied by the Defence Forces School of Music and his office was located in the now 2nd Brigade Training Centre. Nowadays, it is the home of the Headquarters of the 2nd Brigade of the Army and a place where history meets the modern day Irish Defence Forces.   

Press Release Date: 22 August 2013

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