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Collins Griffith Commemoration

Sunday 17th August at 12 noon

Each year Glasnevin Cemetery Museum invites eminent speakers from the world of politics and history to reflect on the lives and legacies of two of the chief architects of the Irish Free State.

The annual Collins Griffith Commemoration will include a wreath laying and an oration, delivered by Dr. David Murphy in the Museum's Milestone Gallery.

Dr. Murphy is a graduate of University College, Dublin (BA, MLitt) and Trinity College, Dublin (PhD). He has taught at both of these institutions, teaching electives on European and Irish history as well as military history and the history of polar exploration. Between 1997 and 2005 he was a major contributor to the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography, writing almost 400 biographical entries. During this period working for the Royal Irish Academy, he was also seconded to the Irish Manuscripts Commission. In 2004 he became the first Irish scholar to be awarded a fellowship to the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. He is a member of various societies including the T.E. Lawrence Society, the Ormonde Military History Society and the Society for Military History. In 2011 he became the Irish member on the military education committee of the International Commission for Military History, a UNESCO-affiliated institution. He is a member of the Corn Adomnáin Awarding Committee of the Irish Red Cross.Since 2008, he has occasionally acted as a reader for academic publishers, including Four Courts Press, Palgrave-MacMillan and Liverpool University Press.He is a member of the Royal United Services Institute.

Also, this Sunday 17th August, a very special guest will be 'rolling' into the cemetery. The iconic Sliabh na mBan will be on show at the Museum for the day.

What has assured Sliabh na mBan's special place in history is the fact that it formed part of General Michael Collins' convoy which was ambushed on 22nd of August,1922 at Béal na mBláth in West Cork. The ambush resulted in the tragic death of General Collins, who was then Commander in Chief of the National Army.

For more details or to book please contact the Museum (0)1 882 6550 or email events@glasnevintrust.ie

Michael Collins 16 October 1890 - 22 August 1922) was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance and Teachta Dála (TD) for the First Dáil of 1919, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, and member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. Subsequently, he was both Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army. Throughout this time, at least as of 1919, he was also President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Collins was shot and killed in August 1922, during the Irish Civil War.

Arthur Griffith 31 March 1872 - 12 August 1922 was an Irish politician and writer, who founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin. He served as President of Dáil Éireann from January to August 1922, and was head of the Irish delegation at the negotiations in London that produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, attending with Michael Collins.

Order of Events

12noon Congregating at Sigerson Monument

12.10pm Words of welcome by Chairman Eddie Nolan and introduction to commemoration

12.15pm Raising of National Flag at Sigerson Monument 

12.20pm Procession to grave of President Arthur Griffith 

12.30pm Laying of wreaths by two separate dignitaries at graves of President Griffith & Eamon Duggan

12.40pm Prayers

12.50pm Procession to grave of General Michael Collins 

12.55pm Laying of wreath by dignitary at grave of General Collins

1.00pm Prayers

1.05pm Singing of National Anthem

1.15pm Guests to proceed to Milestone Gallery for oration by Dr. David Murphy

1.40pm Conclusion of outdoor events

1.40pm Tea & coffee will be served in the Prospect Gallery, Glasneivn Museum

2.15pm Event concludes

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