He and his party had left Cork City at approx 6am that day on a tour of west Cork. On their return journey to Cork City, through this valley at approx 8pm, the party was ambushed by anti-Treaty forces, who had a roadblock in place.
After an exchange of gunfire by both parties General Michael Collins was shot and killed, dying at the roadside where a memorial now stands.
I wonder how Ireland might have turned out if he had lived?
Eamonn DeValera is reported to have stated in 1966:
"I can't see my way to becoming patron of the Michael Collins Foundation. It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Collins and it will be recorded at my expense"
Read about him here and if you get the chance see the Liam Neeson movie "Michael Collins".
Apologies for the lack of visits on your blogs, still feeling like hammered faeces, back at work today and will check out some blogs.