yes he was!!!! he was the most famous man in Ireland at the time his head was worth 10,000 pounds a lot of people wanted him dead because of the treaty!he made Ireland what it is today i am only doing junior cert history as i am 15 but i still feel he was assassinated as he was Ireland's hero-----"anti-Ireland" people didn't like it----so they didn't like him
An uncle of mine, who attended his funeral, told me that everyone at the time believed that Collins had been shot at very close range by someone in his own convoy.
Intrigued, I visited Beal na Blath and there discovered that the two sides in any ambush taking place at the site claimed, would have been firing at each other from such close range that both sides should have suffered very heavy casualties.
I find it VERY hard to believe the 'official' ambush-version of events. The whole business, from the claimed time of the ambush to the convoy re-appearing in Cork City seems vague for the events described. The elapsed time, from the late-evening ambush to the early-morning arrival in Cork, is blamed on trees having been felled to block roads. But the elapsed time is much too long, even for this.
Collins was very secretive but his purpose in going to Cork seems to have been to seek peace with the Cork IRA. He seems to have purposefully exposed his convoy on the morning and during the day of the ambush and then returned, allegedly to Cork, by the same circuitous route. Was this an, 'I'm here!' signal for the Cork IRA.
Did he meet with the Cork IRA? Did he leave his escort behind in order to meet with them? Did they then have a row at the meeting and one of the Cork IRA shot him? Was his escort unwilling to say that they had let him go unarmed to his death, even though he may have ordered them to do so? Was the time between his death and their arrival in Cork taken up by their rehearsal of the story to be circulated?
The eventual statements are sometimes so contrived as to seem that there might have been some collusion with others so varied as to seem that those in the convoy did not actually see what happened.
A lot of conjecture surrounds Collins's death.What is sure is that he was NOT killed by one of his own men such as Emmet Dalton.Those stories were circulated subsequent to the ambush by Anti-Treatyites to deflect negative attention.The truth is that Sonny Neil killed him.Meda Ryan's book about the days leading up to Collins's death is excellently researched and there is no doubt that it was Sonny Neil.Neil admitted to 'downing one man' after the ambush unaware that it was Collins at the time.Michael Collins was the only person who was 'downed' in the Beal na mBlath ambush.Its that simple.All the rumours and conjecture are untrue.
Michael Collins regular driver of Slieve na Mban was James McGowan who was down sick with a recurring bout of malaria which he contracted while serving in the British Army overseas (India, Palestine,Iraq). He went to Cork City hospital for treatment, thus missing out on the attack at Beal na Blath.
Later to escort Michael's coffin on the SS Classic back to Dublin.
James McGowan was recruited by Emmer Dalton for his military background and expertise with Rolls Royce engines.Most of Collins inner circle were ex-British army (Dalton, McPeak, McGowan).
James Joseph McGowan was born in Dublin, joined 5th Royal Lancers 27-05-1916, transferred to R.A.S.C. discharged 21-01-1920 in Dublin.
Enlisted into the Irish National Army 19-03-1922 as Captain over three armoured cars.Stationed in Cork City Armoured car Division.
Retired from Army on 11-07-1945 after 23 years with exemplary military conduct.
Employed in Tintown, Curragh as Rolls Royce fitter, died 19-03-1969 buried in Kildare town cemetery.
Michael Collins Commander-In Chief Irish Free State Army. Michael collins took part in the irish rebellion, he helped capture the G.P.O, after which he was sent to prison. When he got released from prison he along with Eamon De Velare, Harry Boland and many more rebelled again. Through all the madness he was able to make the british sign a truce, stating that the Rebublic of Ireland would be given to the Irish if they hand over the North. So it was infact Michael Collins who split Irelandand even know Eamon De Valera didn't fire the bullet that killed Michael, he did infact kill him on the 22nd August 1922 (aged 31)
He would be very surprised to hear that he has died.
As of March 4th, 2015, Michael Collins, CMP for Apollo 11 is still kicking. His crewmate Buzz Aldrin is as well. Unfortunately their mission commander died a few years ago.
A guy called denis o'neill killed Michael Collins!!
No-one knows for sure who fired the shot, as there were bullets flying everywhere, so there was chaos.
At least 15 men were accused but a man, by the name of Denis O'Neill, is considered
to be the likely shooter. He was an anti-Treaty IRA man and a former British Army
Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary and politician, was born on the 16th of October, 1890.
Michael Collins, the astronaut, was born on October 31, 1930.
No the command pilot of Apollo 11 , named Michael Collins is not yet dead, he is 78 years.
Beal na mBlath, County Cork
Edwin "buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins. Aldrin walked on the moon while Collins stayed on board and took pictures as well as communicating with Earth.
Neil Alden Armstrong (Mission Commander), Michael Collins (Command Module Pilot) and Edwin Eugene Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot (now his name has been changed to Buzz Aldrin)).
Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon with Armstrong while Michael Collins orbited 60 miles overhead. It was the last spaceflight for all 3 crewmembers. Armstrong and Aldrin retired shortly after the mission. Collins was offered command of the Apollo 17 mission, but he chose to retire instead of risking his life on another spaceflight.
Irish actor Liam Neeson
It is not certain who murdered Michael Collins. He was killed because of his support for the treaty that created the partition of Ireland in 1922.
he didnt want to kill anyone he just wanted Ireland to be free from oppression
Freedom fighter against the British who was killed in Battle. "The Big Fella".
Michael Collins IS ALIVE
Michael Collins resides in south Florida.
Michael Collins didn't become a scientist, Micheal Collins was assassinated
Michael Collins had three kids, Ann, Kate and Michael jr.
Michael Collins was born on October 31, 1930.
Michael Collins was released on 10/11/1996.
The Production Budget for Michael Collins was $25,000,000.
Chad Michael Collins is 6'.