Is this index card taken from a British Intelligence file during the War of Independence? Is it the real thing? We have an ordinary index card, 6 inches by 4 inches, brown and fragile with age, a rough photograph, cropped from something larger, a description, not very accurate, and the typed legend of remarks, intended perhaps to be helpful, but of questionable value.
The card was found in an old book, a 1926 edition of Michael Collins and the Making of a New Ireland by Piaras Béaslaí, his close political comrade. It was folded in three and tucked into the book, where it had perhaps been used as a bookmark, or placed there for safekeeping. The book came from the library of a Wicklow man, a man without connections to either the republicans fighting for Ireland or to the crown forces against whom they fought.
It is not too difficult…
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