Michael Collins and Ireland’s Great War Agony


Cork farm boy Michael Collins arrived in Hammersmith in 1906 to work in the Post Office Savings Bank in Blythe Road W14. When he left nine years later London had taught him everything he needed to become one of the world’s most lethal enemies of the British Empire. This walk follows the Laughing Boy’s evening commute, from the Savings Bank to the flat he shared in Netherwood Road with his older sister. A walk that touches on the agony of what World War One came to mean for Ireland and its two torn communities.


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