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The Shadow War Michael Collins and the Politics of Violence. Insurgencies are as psychological and political as much as military. In the War of Independence, the Irish needed to remain active for longer than the nerves of liberal Britain could stand, and they succeeded. Irish governance, rather than military victory, was always the goal. If success can be defined as doing more with less, then Michael Collins must be counted as among the great guerrilla planners of the twentieth century. He understood the limits of what could be achieved by violence – and when to forgo violence for negotiation. Michael Collins Dublin 1916-22 The story of Michael Collins in Dublin is the story of Irish nationalism and separatism from 1916 until 1922. Collins’s footprint was on every street, laneway and alley of Dublin, but especially of Dublin 1. This is the story of those locations, as well as of the men and women associated with Collins in Ireland’s capital city from the time of the Rising until his untimely death in 1922. It is unknown whether Collins spent more than a night in Dublin prior to leaving for London to work in the British Post Office in 1906, but his presence there seemed ubiquitous from 1916 to 1922. He is widely remembered today for the significant role he played during the War of Independence of 1919–21. As director of intelligence, president of the IRB and minister for finance, he established several offices and safe houses throughout the city. It was said that he never slept in the same house two nights in a row after going on the run in April 1918 until the Truce in July 1921. Truly, Collins made Dublin his own. He once famously said that ‘Whoever controls Dublin controls Ireland’. He was right. The streets of Dublin are paved with stories. A good way to build one’s knowledge of Michael Collins is to walk in his footsteps and, in so doing, relive those stories and gain an understanding of this difficult period in Irish history—and, indeed, of this enigmatic yet iconic figure. With this book the reader can do just that. Published: 20 April 2017. Who’s Who in the Dublin Rising 1916
ISBN: 978 1 905569 94 6
At noon on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, approximately 1000 men and women stormed buildings in central Dublin and rose against the British government. The area of Dublin between the Canals was taken by an amalgamation of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), Cumann na mBan, and the Fianna. Padraic Pearse was appointed Commandant-General and James Connolly was appointed Commandant-General of the Dublin Division. By the end of the week, about 2100 men and women were in the garrisons. Though some women carried weapons, most of the Cumann na mBan women saw their roles confined to nursing, cooking and dispatch carrying. Not only were they the primary dispatch runners, they also passed through the British lines to get food supplies and ammunition, often hiding these in their clothes. These were all dangerous missions, and the women often held up vans, commandeering their contents at gun-point. Most of the women who wrote accounts of their activities eliminated any trace of heroism when relating their experiences. Few of the accounts give any indication of the excitement and colour of the week. They wrote that there was little drama attached to their duties, and so they just ‘got on with it’. This book lists those who made up the garrisons, and gives a short biography of them. For all of the men and women listed here, they were not living history, they were living their lives. We should remember each of them who made their lives a little less ordinary by participating in the extraordinary events that took place.