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Michael Collins voted Ireland's Greatest Hero

Fiona Cooney
Fiona Cooney

04:42 1 Aug 2022

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Michael Collins has been voted as Ireland’s greatest hero in the last century.

A recent poll asked people who they thought had made the greatest contribution to the nation since independence from Britain 100 years ago.

Competition was fierce with some preferring former Ireland manager Jack Charlton and others polar explorer Tom Crean.

Peacemaker John Hume also made the long list, as did Ireland’s first female President Mary Robinson.

Writer James Joyce made the top 10, as did 1916 rebel and long-serving statesman Éamon de Valera.

However, in the end it was Dev’s charismatic nemesis Michael Collins who took the top spot.

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