Catherine Brigid (Kitty) Kiernan

(1892 - 1945)

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About Catherine Brigid (Kitty) Kiernan

Catherine Brigid (Kitty) Kiernan in (1892 - 1945).

Catherine Brigid (Kitty) (1892 - 1945) was an Irish woman best known as the fiancée of assassinated Irish revolutionary leader and Chairman of the Provisional Government Michael Collins.

Kitty Kiernan was born in Granard, County Longford and educated in Loreto Convent, County Wicklow.

Kiernan met Michael Collins in May 1917 when he stayed at the Greville Arms with Harry Boland, his friend and fellow worker, during the by-election campaign in Co Longford.

The charming and vivacious Kitty smote both Collins and Boland, but it was to Collins that she became engaged.

In 1925, Kitty married Felix Cronin, who was Quartermaster General in the National Army; they had two sons, the second of whom they called Michael Collins Cronin.

She died of Bright's disease on July 24, 1945, and was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, not far from where Collins lies. Felix joined her there 16 years later.

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