Michael Collins Centre
The Michael Collins Centre, Clonakilty County Cork, is the only facility in Ireland, at which visitors can receive a comprehensive presentation, by expert guides, on the life and times of Michael Collins.
Michael Collins (1890-1922), Irish revolutionary and chairman of the Provisional Government; was born on 16 October 1890 at Woodfield, Clonakilty, County Cork.
The Michael Collins Memorial Centre, in Clonakilty provides a comprehensive presentation, by expert guides, on the life and times of Michael Collins.
The centre has repaired the ruins of Michael Collins' home for the first nine or ten years of his life and the outline of the new house to which the family moved later. The new house was burnt down by the Black and Tans in 1921.
Tim and Dolores Crowley have been interpreting the life of Michael Collins since 1997, when they organized the first Michael Collins Tours, taking visitors to the important sites in West Cork associated with the famous patriot. The Crowleys opened a Heritage centre on their farm in 2000 and have now designed an ambush trail, a one hundred meter section of road designed to look like a War of Independence/Civil War ambush site.