Neil Jordan movie sparks French woman’s devotion to Michael Collins
Lecturer with no connections to Ireland is infatuated with IRA leader
A French woman has spoken of her unbelievable devotion to the memory of Michael Collins – thanks to the Neil Jordan bio-pic of the Irish leader.
Veronique Crombe has spent a small fortune paying homage to the man who signed the Treaty even though she has no connections with Ireland.
Her 10-year long love affair with the IRA leader began when she saw the movie, starring Liam Neeson and produced by Neil Jordan
She is now known as the ‘mysterious French lady’ who regularly places flowers on the grave of the revolutionary in Dublin’s Glasnevin cemetery.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent newspaper, the 50-year-old lecturer and guide at the French National Museum, struggled to explain her ‘overwhelming’ desire to keep Collins’ memory alive.
Crombe admitted to the paper that she regularly visits Ireland to place flowers at the grave and also holds commemorations celebrating the life and times of Michael Collins.
“The draw of seeing the Jordan film three years after it was released appeared to me that it was more than an excellent actor giving a great performance, Michael’s life story was finally being told to the world,” said Crombe who plans to hold a candlelight ceremony at the grave on October 29th, 2012.
Veronique told the Sunday Independent how she was attending an Indian classical dance workshop in the south of France in August 2000 when she felt the inexplicable need to rush to a nearby cathedral and light a candle for Collins.
“On the 22nd, the date he was shot dead, was the decisive moment which helped me understand that definitely, sooner of later I would have to go to Ireland to know more and that going to his grave would show me the way. That Michael himself was drawing me to continue on his story,” she said.
“I’m not the only one who feels that way, my friend, author Chrissy Osborne, told me time and again, when she published her first book about Michael, Michael Collins Himself and also the second one, Michael Collins, A Life in Pictures, that she had always felt that it was Michael who wanted those two books to be written and published because both were a different approach to recounting his life.
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