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Michael Collins
It has often been said that empires come and go And from the beginning of time that has been so Empires ruled with terror and an iron fist Taking brutal action against those, who tried to resist. On the sixteenth of October in the year eighteen ninety Michael Collins was born near the town of Clonakilty He went on to become leader of the Irish Republican army And whose leadership and guidance, helped set Ireland free. In his youth he travelled to London, to try and find work And for nine years he worked, at the post office as a clerk He took an interest in, the Irish political scene And he later moved back to Ireland in nineteen sixteen. It was in nineteen sixteen on a cold wet Easter monday That the struggle for Irelands freedom was getting underway Many Irish nationalists decided, that they wanted to be Self governing and from Britain's empire, be free. Heavily outnumbered and outgunned the uprising failed The British crushed the rebellion and they had prevailed The ringleaders were all arrested and sentenced to death As a grave warning to others, but it wasn't over yet. Low ranking rebels were interned but were eventually freed But executions by the British had planted a growing seed Armed rebel units started forming all over Ireland Determined they all were, to make a final stand. Collins took part in the first uprising, and he had survived Became head of the rebel army and a thorn in Britains side He waged a successful guerilla war against the British army In big cities and towns and out in the country. The British relied on informers and had a network of spies And often foiled rebel attempts, taking them by surprise But Collins got wise to it and and kept one step ahead He infuriated the British authorities who wanted him dead. The British then brought over spies to carry out assassinations And on their death list were prominent republicans Nicknamed the' Cairo gang' because they'd often meet At the popular Cafe Cairo in Dublins Grafton Street. They were state sponsored killers working for the crown Their sole objective was, to take prominent rebels down Collins made sure they never got the chance to assassinate Because those assassins themselves were about to meet their fate. A republican spy in Dublin Castle let the rebels know Where the spies lived so that they'd know where to go Collins organised hit squads to shoot them all dead On a cold wet winters morning, many were still in bed. The British were infuriated and they wanted revenge And vowed that their spies deaths, they would avenge Innocent civilians were targeted, and at Croke Park were shot dead Ten men, three children and a young girl due to be wed. More bloodshed then followed with both sides paying the cost As the death toll grew higher with many lives lost In nineteen twenty one, peace was about to impend And a truce was agreed that brought fighting to an end. Collins and a delegation went to London, to sign a treaty But it wasnt what he wanted, but was forced to agree The British kept six counties out of thirty two It didn't please many republicans, and a civil war did ensue. In August of that same year Collins, was travelling to Cork City Saying anti treaty rebels wouldn't shoot him in his home county His convoy was ambushed and he took a shot to the head The war of independence hero, now lay on the ground dead. Written on 21st November 2020.
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