Half portrait wearing a jacket and hat. Signed in ink ‘Mícheál Ó Coileain / 18.1.1922’. Photograph by Keogh Brothers and published by Curran of Dublin. 89 x 139mm. In very good condition. Rare.
Shortly before signing this postcard on the 7th January 1922, the Dáil had voted with the narrowest majority on the acceptance of the Anglo-Irish Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland. Two days later De Valera announced his resignation of the position of President. On the 16th January Michael Collins was in Dublin Castle for the formal handover of power by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Viscount Fitzalan, to the Provisional Government that would oversee the establishment of the Irish Free State.
Michael Collins was seven minutes late for the hand-over, this was pointed out by Fitzalan, Collins retorted “Yes, but we have waited over 700 years for this day”!