All is fair in Love and War – Looking back 100 years –

This week we had the finding and handing over of the Michael Collins diaries.

Discussions among the families of the combatants and their communities today sheds a lot of light on the time of the Treaty, which caused a breach still felt today.

For me, its the personal love triangle of Helen Kiernan, Michael Collins and then Kitty that would be most interesting.


Helen Kiernans doomed wedding. She was the original love of Collins, who only afterwards went out with her sister Kitty
Helen Kiernans doomed wedding. She was the original love of Collins, who only afterwards went out with her sister Kitty

Loyalty bought is not worth the money spent – looking to the future

Brexit offers the best hope of a united Ireland, some say, as the love of the crown is secondary to the love of the Half Crown.

A loyalty won for monetary gain is nothing, and will not bring a lasting peace on our island.

Little is thought of how if loyalists then rebel, how will the Irish army not make the mistakes the British did?

A Cruel Treaty

What clearly emerges is the cunningness of Lloyd George who verbally offered lots but gave little on paper.

In good faith Collins and Co signed for what they believed was, but actually wasnt. It seems Robert Barton was a reluctant signatory, referring to Erskine Childers in a letter to the press who he said would have advised him not to sign.

Yet he did. The Free State he set up then shot his cousin, Childers.

Was it worth the fight?


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