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This Happened — August 22: Assassination of Michael Collins

Michael Collins, Commander in Chief of the Irish Free State, is shot in an ambush on this day in 1922.

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What was Michael Collins' role in Irish history?

Michael Collins was a key figure in Irish history. He played a significant role in the Irish War of Independence against British rule and was a prominent leader of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Collins was instrumental in negotiating the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which led to the establishment of the Irish Free State. Some members of the anti-Treaty forces viewed the Treaty as a betrayal of the Republican cause and saw Collins as a traitor. The divisions between pro and anti-Treaty groups eventually sparked the Irish Civil War.

How did the death of Michael Collins impact Ireland?

The death of Michael Collins had a profound impact on Ireland. He was mourned as a national hero and his untimely death was a significant loss to the Irish independence movement. Collins' death led to a leadership vacuum and a loss of military and political expertise. It intensified divisions within the pro-Treaty forces and affected the course and outcome of the conflict, leading to the eventual consolidation of the Irish Free State.

Was there ever a definitive resolution to the question of who shot Michael Collins?

The question of who shot Michael Collins remains unresolved. While there are claims and theories surrounding the identity of the shooter, no conclusive evidence has emerged to confirm the exact identity of the individual responsible for Collins' assassination.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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