President delivers the oration at the Annual Michael Collins Commemoration in Béal na mBláth
Sunday, 21st August, 2016
Location: Crookstown, Macroom
President Michael D. Higgins became the first serving President of Ireland to deliver the oration at the annual Béal na mBláth Commemoration.
The event takes place each year on the Sunday closest to August 22nd, the day in 1922 when General Michael Collins, commander-in-chief of the Irish army, was killed in an ambush during the Civil War.
President Higgins' oration took place in the year that Ireland marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, when Collins was aide de camp to Joseph Plunkett in the GPO.