An Post has issued a commemorative stamp to commemorate the 100th birthday of Michael Collins.
The National (N) Rate Stamp, designed by Ger Garland, will go on general sale Thursday and will be available at select post offices nationwide and at anpost.com/shop.
This design features a photograph by C & L Walsh of Michael Collins in military uniform (Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland).
An Post has also created a commemorative opening day cover (envelope) with new stamps and a specially designed cancellation mark featuring Collins’ name in a typeface similar to the Béal na Blath memorial.
To break with tradition and mark Collins’ cork background, the cancel mark includes the name “Corcaigh”.
The death of Michael Collins on 22 August 1922 was the most high-profile casualty of the Irish Civil War, which broke out over the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
As Chairman of the Provisional Government and Supreme Commander of the newly established Irish Army, Collins was a major pro-Treaty supporter.
Stamps will be on sale from Thursday.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says: It is commemorated in this way. ”
Minister of Enterprises, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, Thanaiste said: Table. He then worked to secure a peace settlement, risking his reputation and his life by persuading the majority of the people to support it. It is particularly fitting that it will be published by Ann Post in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Sunday, August 22nd. ”
On 20 August Collins left Dublin with a convoy for his home county Cork.
Two days later they traveled to West Cork, passing through the small crossroads village of Bear Na Blas, where they were spotted by local anti-Treaty scouts.
They returned via the same Bear na Blas route as many of the roads in the area were blocked. There anti-treaty forces ambushed the group.
Known as “The Big Fellow,” Michael Collins was a key figure in the Revolutionary War.
He was Joseph Plunkett’s lieutenant during the 1916 Easter Rising. British Lord Birkenhead, who signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, said he may have signed a political death warrant on that occasion.
Michael Collins, a member of the five strong Irish delegation who signed, was quoted as saying: [actual] Execution. His premonitions tragically came true for him less than nine months later, and he was ambushed and killed in Bearna his brass.