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Lot 1252/0217

Estimate: €600-800

A Taste of Honey

Collins (Michael)
An interesting short A.L.S. to ‘A chara dhom’ (Dulcibella Barton), on plain paper, 16.9.21, thankin her for a gift of honey (presumably from Annamoe House). ‘I shall have the greatest pleasure in making a beast of myself on it tomorrow with two of my little burned out nieces – they come to town tomorrow for a few week.’
With a good signature, ‘Do chara go buan / Micheal O Colleain.’ His ‘two little burned out nieces’ were the daughters of his brother Johnny, who lived with his large family at the Collins homestead at Woodfield, Co. Cork. The house was burned on the orders of Col. Higinson, Co. of Cork City HQ of the British 6th Division, as a reprisal for a volunteer attack at Rosscarbery, some four miles away. Four other houses in the area were burned on the same night. In anotherletter, Collins wrote that ‘On arrival of the English forces the house was occupied by a maiden lady, a maid and eight little children (ages from twelve years downwards to a little child of less than twelve months).. quite a short time prior to the burnin the mother of the children had died.’
Johnny Collins was an elected member of Cork County Council, but was not active in the Volunteers. (1)

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