Béal na mBláth is, in scenic terms, about as innocuous from a topographical perspective as, say, Ballydurn in County Waterford. It’s largely green and there’s a slight bend in the road running through it.
From a physical perspective, it’s truly unremarkable, a rural road like so many others that zig-zags through our many glens and plains.
But both the name and the place was propelled into the narrative of Irish history given the man who met his maker there in August 1922 – Michael Collins.