THE DEATH MASK of General Michael Collins has been presented to the Cathal Brugha Barracks museum by the general’s grand niece Helen Collins.
His other grand niece, Mary Claire O’Malley was also present at the ceremony yesterday, where wreathes were laid to mark the death of the first Commander in Chief of the National Army, General Michael Collins, on 22 August, 1922.
The death mask will be on display in the museum.
The visitor centre holds many fine military artefacts and displays that are unique to the barracks.
The museum website states that personal memorabilia that belonged to General Michael Collins has pride of place in the barracks museum as it was from Cathal Brugha Barracks that Michael Collins departed on his ill-fated tour of the south of the country, where he was killed at Béal Na mBláth, County Cork.
Also on display is his desk the flag that draped his coffin, his Colt 45 pistol and three pistols from his hit team, The Squad.