To learn more about Kitty Kiernan, read In Great Haste by Leon O'Broin and/or Michael Collins and the Women in His Life by Meda Ryan.Regarding the effect of Michael's death on Kitty:
"The awesome tragedy of Collins’ death at Béal na mBlath on 22 August 1922 was the final grief for Kitty, her devastation total. Instead of the planned double wedding—Maud married Gearoid (O’Sullivan) in October—Kitty sat by her sister dressed in black from head to foot." (The original double wedding date had been set for October 19, 1922.)
........Catherine Brigid (Kitty) Kiernan was a famous Longford woman, known because she was the fiancée of the Irish revolutionary leader, Michael Collins (1890-1922) Born in Cork, Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary. He took part in the 1916 Rising in Dublin. He was part of the delegation that negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921, the terms of which led to the Irish Civil War in 1922. Collins became the commander in chief of the forces of the new Irish government. He was killed in an ambush by anti-Treaty republicans in his native Cork in 1922.
. Kitty was born in Granard, Co. Longford. She was known for her good looks, charm and grace.