Unofficial commemorations take place at Béal Na Bláth

Unofficial commemorations take place at Béal Na Bláth
Picture: Larry Cummins

FAR right groups were among those who marked the 98th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins at Béal na Bláth. 

This year, the official commemoration did not go ahead because of Covid-19 public health guidelines, although some people still visited the monument to pay their respects to Collins. 

There were also two organised, unofficial events held. 

Today, more than 100 people gathered at the locations where the Clonakilty man was shot, at an event organised by Síol na hÉireann.

A group marched along the road to the monument, carrying the Irish tricolour.

Yesterday, a similar event was held by the National Party at the monument.

Speaking at yesterday's commemoration, Justin Barrett, leader of the National Party, said: "Michael Collins does not belong to The National Party. 

Michael Collins belongs to all Irish men, women and children, born, dead, and yet to be born. But there is a party - the governing party - who have, for many decades, laid claim to ownership of the man himself and his legacy. They are not here this year. We are."

He continued: "This is no golfing tournament. We are here to remember the man who as our deputy leader said gave us the freedom to achieve freedom."

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