Continuity mistake: When Michael Collins and his men raid the police station they throw torches on the roof. A second later the whole building is on fire, and the policemen run out coughing and gasping for air. However, when the IRA people go in to get the police guns the air is quite breathable. (00:15:25)
Revealing mistake: There's one head of police who, during his short stint in Dublin, pledges to introduce 'Belfast efficiency'. Shortly after that he is killed by a car bomb. However, when the bomb goes off there's a split-second shot where the car is empty although three men had just gotten in, and the driver who was starting the car is a rather crude dummy. (00:46:05)
Factual error: During the Croke Park massacre, the British never rolled an armored car onto the Gaelic football field, as depicted in the film. It remained outside the gates. (01:05:20)
Factual error: The Lee Enfield rifle is chambered by singular repetitions with a bolt action. When Collins' wayward friend is shot in the water, the rifle shots are rapid semi-automatic fire.
Factual error: During one of the cabinet meetings, one of the members says Collins' brief is Minister for Intelligence, but he was actually Minister of Finance. He was, however, the IRA's Director Of Intelligence.