Michael Collins

1890 - 1922

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Michael Collins (Irish: Mícheál Ó Coileáin; 16 October 1890 – 22 August 1922) was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early-20th century struggle for Irish independence. During the War of Independence he was Director of Intelligence of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and a government minister of the self-declared Irish Republic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Collins has received more than 201,133 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Michael Collins is the 2,048th most popular politician (up from 2,150th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 23rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Irish Politician.

Michael Collins is most famous for his part in the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Irish National Army, and was the last Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Defence Forces.

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Among politicians, Michael Collins ranks 2,048 out of 19,576Before him are Ahaziah of Israel, Peter III of Portugal, Robert Fico, Fahri Korutürk, Yoshihide Suga, and Weneg. After him are Carloman, Myeongjong of Joseon, Johannes Rau, Alexander Helios, Mário Soares, and Himiko.

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Among people born in 1890, Michael Collins ranks 26Before him are Walther Funk, Robert Ley, Fanny Kaplan, El Lissitzky, Franz Werfel, and Kurt Student. After him are Bohuslav Martinů, Maria Goretti, Victor Lustig, Giorgio Morandi, Hermann Joseph Muller, and Karl Harrer. Among people deceased in 1922, Michael Collins ranks 14Before him are Fredrik Bajer, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Walther Rathenau, Georges Sorel, and Djemal Pasha. After him are Ernest Shackleton, Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Ernest Solvay, Vittorio Monti, Rudolf Kjellén, and Yamagata Aritomo.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Michael Collins ranks 25 out of 549Before him are W. B. Yeats (1865), Columbanus (540), Michael D. Higgins (1941), Laurence Sterne (1713), Enya (1961), and Lola Montez (1821). After him are Ernest Shackleton (1874), James Ussher (1581), Cillian Murphy (1976), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Iris Murdoch (1919), and Bono (1960).

Among POLITICIANS In Ireland

Among politicians born in Ireland, Michael Collins ranks 4Before him are Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Edmund Burke (1729), and Michael D. Higgins (1941). After him are Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Bertie Ahern (1951), Harald Gille (1103), George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Brian Cowen (1960), Mary Robinson (1944), Brian Boru (941), and Edmund the Martyr (841).