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A picture of Michael Collins just hours before his death is discovered

An image of Michael Collins taken just hours before his death in August 1922

A remarkable photo of Michael Collins taken just hours before his death has been uncovered in an attic.

The images, captured using an old Brownie camera, were taken in August 1922 by 18-year-old Agnes Hurley from Bandon. One shot features Collins in the back of the military vehicle in which he was driven to his death just hours later.

The Hurley collection spans 20 years from 1921. It was lost and last year found again in a Dublin attic by her niece Mim O’Donovan.
O'Donovan brought the photographs to the 'Revolutionary Decade Roadshow' in Clonakilty, organised by University College Cork.

Another picture shows the scene at Beal na Blath where Collins was killed on August 23, 1922, the day after the ambush.

No photograph of the site where Collins died was known to exist previously.

"Aggie went to Beal na Blath to see what had happened because they'd heard gunshots the previous day.

She took hundreds of photographs over the years and dated the back of every single one," O'Donovan told the Irish Independent.

Cork archivist Brian Magee described the find as "extraordinary".

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