The Great Cover-Up

Author Gerard Murphy
Condition Very Good
Cover Type Softback

Why were both sides of the Civil War divide deliberately evasive when it came to the death of Michael Collins? Why were they still trying to effect cover-ups as late as the 1960s? Determined to find the truth despite the trails of deception left by many of the key players, Gerard Murphy, a scientist by trade, set out to find answers. Previous writers have tended to concentrate on the reminiscences of survivors. Murphy instead focuses on the data that appeared in the immediate wake of the ambush, before attempts could be made to conceal the truth. He also examines newly released material, and has carried out a forensic analysis of the ambush site based on photographic evidence of the aftermath recently discovered in a Dublin attic. Mike Murphy, editor of Atlas of the Irish Revolution (CUP, 2017), has drawn a detailed map of the site to complement this analysis. These investigations seriously question the version of events currently accepted by historians. Collins was not killed by an accidental shot during a haphazard ambush. He was assassinated, having been sentenced to death by Republicans for the crime of treason. The sentence would appear to have been expedited by a core group of Cork anti-Treatyites, led by supposed `neutrals’ such as Florence O’Donoghue. Collins was drawn into a trap at Beal na Blath by the promise of peace talks when it became apparent that he was to visit Cork – an itinerary leaked by individuals within the National Army who abetted the plot. The fatal shot was most likely fired by a sniper, from a position directly south of where Collins was standing – where, according to all published accounts, there were no IRA men. This compelling account exposes a decades-long cover-up, unearthing overwhelming evidence, overlooked for almost a century, of what really happened at this crucial juncture in Irish history.

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