Memorial to Michael Collins, Béal na mBláth Ambush Site, County Cork, Ireland
Béal na Bláth, alternatively Béal na mBláth, Béal na Blá, Bealnablath or Bealnabla, is a small village on the R585 road in County Cork, Ireland. The area is best known as the site of the ambush and assassination of the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins in 1922.
On 22 August 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Michael Collins, Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army, was killed in an ambush here by anti-treaty IRA forces while travelling in convoy from Bandon. The ambush was planned in a farmhouse in Béal na Bláth close to The Diamond Bar. Commemorations are held on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of his death. A memorial cross stands 1 km south of the village, at the site of the shooting on a local road which was a dirt road when Collins was shot. A small white pillar marked with a cross, located just to the right of the steps, marks the exact spot where he fell.
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