[COLLINS, Michael] An Original Photograph of Michael Collins, Richard Mulcahy and fellow Officers of the Army of the Irish Free State marching in procession at the funeral of Arthur Griffith on 16th August 1922. Framed and glazed. 255 x 220mm. Fine.
Collins and Griffith were two ‘giants’ of Irish history. Griffith, founder of Sinn Féin and president of the Dáil from January to August 1922, died 10 days before Collins who served as minister for finance in the first Dáil in 1919, was a member of the Irish negotiating team and a signatory of the Anglo Irish Treaty, and Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Army, shot dead in an ambush at Béal na mBláth in Cork on August 22nd, 1922.
Richard James Mulcahy (1886-1971), politician, army general and commander-in-chief, leader of Fine Gael and cabinet minister, was born in Waterford. He fought in the 1916 Easter Rising, served as Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence and became commander of the pro-treaty forces in the Irish Civil War after the death of Michael Collins.