Michael Collins

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  • Karl White (University College Cork)

Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary and politician was born in 1890 in County Cork. In 1906, Collins began a career as a Post Office employee in Kensington, London. While there, he joined many Irish Nationalist organisations, including the Irish Republican Brotherhood (known as the IRB or more popularly “Fenians”), the active wing of the armed-force revolutionary movement.

Collins returned to Dublin in 1916 and became personal assistant, and later aide-de-camp, to the Irish nationalist Joseph Plunkett and became ever more prominent in Republican circles, largely thanks to his highly efficient administrative skills and unflagging energy. Collins fought in the General Post Office (GPO) PO in the Easter Rising of …

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Citation:
White, Karl. "Michael Collins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 May 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12482, accessed 22 December 2014.]