The wonderful Capuchin Archives, Ireland Facebook page has been posting some brilliant historical images recently.
Amongst them these two items….
The first is
A Republican cartoon published during the Civil War attacking Michael Collins. Collins was Minister for Finance and TD for Cork South in 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 of the Irish Free State and Commander-in-Chief of the National Army. The cartoon draws an explicit comparison Collins and James Craig, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. The cartoon was probably prepared for publication in the Anti-Treaty newsletter ‘The Fenian’.
A Republican cartoon published during the Civil War attacking the leaders of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State, Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins. The cartoon refers to the recent death of the Anti-Treaty leader, Cathal Brugha and affirms that Griffith and Collins are ‘marching heads up into the Empire over the bodies of their murdered Comrades’. Brugha was involved in fighting on O’Connell Street at the outbreak of the Civil War. He died on 7 July 1922 from a bullet wound sustained in hostilities against Free State forces. The cartoon was probably prepared for publication in the Anti-Treaty newsletter ‘The Fenian’.