Funeral of Michael Collins

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé


5 mins 39 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

In this newsreel from August 1922, thousands of people line the streets waiting their turn to pay their respects to Michael Collins. The Royal Irish Constabulary officers are working hard to try and hold back the crowds outside the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough street. RIC Soldiers march up O’Connell Street behind the funeral carriage as it makes it way to Glasnevin Cemetary. In the final segment Free State soldiers play The Last Post on bugles as his coffin is being placed in the ground.

Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early 20th century Irish struggle for independence. He was Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from January 1922. He was assassinated on August 22nd 1922 in Cork.