An intriguing new podcast series shines a new light on perhaps one of the most poignant and unhappy love stories in Irish history.
singing hundreds of letters and telegrams shared between Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan, “My Dearest Kitty” explores the evolving relationship between the “Big Fella” and his fiancée who was so tragically cut short after her untimely death.
Funded by the Cork County Council Remembrance Committee, an 11-part episode of the series is broadcast daily on the Clonakilty-based Michael Collins House Museum, the website www.michaelcollinshouse.ie and the YouTube channel through 6 December, the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
While Michael Collins played a central role in leading the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations, he was simultaneously negotiating a new long-distance relationship with Kitty Kiernan
Although centuries old letters and telegrams, “My Dearest Kitty” captures the intensity of their relationship against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods in Irish history.
Produced by Mirador Media and based on a script from the museum, the series uses a team of professional voiceover artists to produce a moving and compelling account of the evolution of the love story between the duo.
County Cork Mayor Cllr Gillian Coughlan said ‘My Dearest Kitty’ offered a fascinating glimpse into ‘Ireland’s most tragic love story’.
“Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan wrote over 300 letters to each other and their words came to life in this beautifully produced series. The correspondence is affectionate, loving and romantic, but it also reveals elements of the couple’s power dynamics as they seek to build their relationship, ”said Mayor Coughlan.
“It is wonderful to hear about the personal and political life of Michael Collins in this way, as we begin to understand the weight of the issues that occupy his mind during the memorable weeks of the Anglo-Irish negotiations. Cork County Council is proud to support the creation of this podcast series, as we mark the events that define our history and inform who we are as a nation today, ”she added.