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  • Collins' family donates his guns to museum

    http://www.unison.ie/irish_independe...issue_id=10458



    THE personal protection weapon of Michael Collins has been handed over by his family to the National Museum.

    The Luger pistol and its matching hand-made holster are to be put on show with other artifacts at Collins Barracks, Dublin, the museum building already named after him.

    The family has also handed over a Mauser pistol, nicknamed "Peter the Painter". It was used by Tom Keogh, one of a squad known as the "Twelve Apostles," sent out by Collins, which in one day assassinated 12 suspected British intelligence agents in 1920.

    The decommissioned weapons were handed over by the great grand-nephew of the original Collins, also called Michael. He said yesterday: "It was fun and exciting as a kid growing up to have a gun in the house - it brings the history home, brings it clearer."

    Collins played a major part in the 1916 rising against British rule.
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    With 50,000 men getting killed a week, who's going to miss a pigeon?

    Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.

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    Collins played a major part in the 1916 rising against British rule.
    That's debatable.
    "The dolphins were monkeys that didn't like the land, walked back to the water, went back from the sand."

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    • #3
      Mick Collins held the rank of captain in the volunteers and was 2/ic to James Mary Plunkett.Perhaps not a major role but not an insignificant one either.

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      • #4
        It's a shame they have been decommissioned I always think it's an act of vandalism when it's of historic value to the nation, mind you if it's north of the border it can only be a good thing.
        Well Hurrah and Hussar!

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