What if Collins had lived?


An alternate future that we missed.

At every election, people in Ireland confront the possibilities, ideals, disillusionment, and hopes, inspired by the national situation.

Election season can also be a volatile time, as repeatedly demonstrated, throughout the world. It seems some will do anything to try to sway the outcome.  Indeed, political killings seem to hover around election years.

Who profits from political murders?  What kind of government, what kind of society has proceeded from them?  Is it too painful, too fearful, to consider precisely what we’ve lost by assassins’ bullets? What we were left with in its place? Or how lasting the damage has proved?

Compare Michael Collins with our leaders today: How have they handled Ireland’s problems and potential? What would Michael have done?

Consider what Ireland might have been, if Collins had survived as did many of his contemporaries. If he, a younger man, more vigorous and fit, had remained as active and prominent in public life, as long as DeValera did? Consider if it had been Collins who presided over numerous governments, reigned as Taoiseach and/or President, continually from 1922 through the 1970s.


Michael Collins had a comprehensive, far-reaching vision for Ireland’s future.  His own writings about plans for socio-economic justice, agriculture, public arts, the revival of Gaelic language and culture, comprise an important chapter in “The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?

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The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened at Béal na mBláth?
by S M Sigerson
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3 thoughts on “What if Collins had lived?

  1. John Boylan says:

    My Mother & Father who are both Dubliners left Ireland in1963 my Mother was pregnent at 19 although I can not prove it I wiil always believe Dev lera’s medieviel church ran them out of the country had General Collins lived even for 15 more years my whole family would be today living in an industralied prosprase Irish Republic of 32 counties insted of this enforsed exile long live the memory of the Big fella and the dreams of what might have been

    • Thanks for your thoughts, John. It means a lot to hear from you. Your deeply personal experience says so much about the impact of what General Collins’ life and death mean to people on the ground.

      If you permit, I might sometime like to quote your eloquent statement in some future writing connected with this blog / my book.
      All the best,
      S M Sigerson
      “The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”

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