Michael Collins' Great Coat

An ordinary object that belonged to an extraordinary man...


See the coat that Michael Collins, the leader of the Irish Free State Army, was wearing the day he was shot in an ambush in Co. Cork on 22nd August 1922. Notice the dried mud on the bottom flap of the coat (and there is some evidence of dried blood on the right hand side of the collar).  The loss of Michael Collins was a decisive blow to the Pro-Treaty government.

More about the Irish Civil War...

The Irish Civil War (June 28th 1922 - May 24th 1923) immediately followed the War of Independence (1919-21). Supporters and opponents of the Anglo-Irish Treaty fought bitterly against each other (but had fought together in the War of Independence).

The Civil War claimed more lives than the War of Independence and left Irish society deeply divided.  Its influence on Irish politics is still felt today.

From: Ireland

Date: 1922

Made of: Wool

Find it in the Museum: Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition