Have folks seen the film of the funeral of Collins?
I have often thought that a daring IRA action that day, an attack on the funeral, could have wiped out a big part of the Free State military and political leadership.
Might have hit a bishop or two, also, tho that would have been a bonus.
The Anti-Treaty IRA lacked the killer instinct that the Free Staters showed in abundance. Their leadership was putrid. Their best men were hors de combat--Cathal Brugha was dead, O'Connor and Mellowes were in jail, and would soon be murdered.
This week saw the anniversary of the death of Sean Tracey. He might well have made a fine leader of the Irregulars, since he apparently had a low opinion of Collins.
The Irregulars were Fascists who wouldn't accept two democratic votes.
They got what was coming to them - but nearly destroyed the country in the process......