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Agnes Hurley's old photo of Michael Collin discovered in an attic. Photo by: Agnes Hurley

A picture of Michael Collins just hours before his death

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Agnes Hurley's old photo of Michael Collin discovered in an attic. Photo by: Agnes Hurley

After being hidden away for 90 some years, a remarkable photo of Michael Collins taken just hours before his death was uncovered in a Dublin attic in 2012.

The images, captured using an old Brownie camera, were taken in August 22, 1922 by 18-year-old Agnes Hurley from Bandon. One shot features Collins in the back of the military vehicle in which he was driven to his death just hours later.

The Hurley collection spans 20 years from 1921. It was lost and found again in 2012 in a Dublin attic by her niece Mim O’Donovan.

O'Donovan brought the photographs to the 'Revolutionary Decade Roadshow' in Clonakilty, organised by University College Cork.

Another picture shows the scene at Beal na Blath where Collins was killed on August 23, 1922, the day after the ambush.

No photograph of the site where Collins died was known to exist previously.

"Aggie went to Beal na Blath to see what had happened because they'd heard gunshots the previous day.

"She took hundreds of photographs over the years and dated the back of every single one," O'Donovan told the Irish Independent.

Cork archivist Brian Magee described the find as "extraordinary".

*Originally published in April 2012.

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