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08th Aug 2022

RTÉ tries to solve Michael Collins murder in new documentary

Hugh Carr

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Former State Pathologist Marie Cassidy will aim to crack the crime of the century.

To mark the centenary of the death of Michael Collins, RTÉ aims to crack one of the biggest unsolved cases in the country.

Cold Case Collins will look to answer the question of what really happened in Béal na Bláth on 22 August 1922, when the renowned Irish revolutionary was killed.

Former State Pathologist Marie Cassidy will host the program, gathering “forensic scientists, criminal investigators, military strategists, archaeologists, archivists and historians” to provide their take on the events leading up to Collins’ death.

The experts are set to “sift and filter through the evidence old and new, looking for answers to the questions that have ignited bar brawls for decades.”

RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland will broadcast live from the Munster Arms Hotel on Friday, 19 August, where Collins was photographed 30 minutes before the ambush that lead to his death.

Nationwide will also commemorate Collins’ death with a series of programs starting from Wednesday, 17 August.

Donal Byrne will look at Collin’s early life and influences, before hearing how the young Corkman became a political strategist and organiser.

Michael Collins died during the Irish Civil War, a conflict born out of disagreements over the Anglo-Irish treaty, with Collins supporting the treaty and the Provisional Government.

Prior to his death, he was a prominent political figure in Ireland, having fought in the Easter Rising, before joining the Irish Volunteers and Sinn Féin.

He was elected as a TD for Cork in 1918, and was made the Minister for Finance in the first organisation of the Dáil.

Nationwide will also commemorate another major anniversary on Monday, 22 August, the 100th anniversary of An Garda Síochána.

An Garda Síochána replaced the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) as the primary police force in the country.

Cold Case Collins will air on RTÉ One on Wednesday, 24 August, at 9.35pm.

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