The Michael Collins Centre, located in the picturesque West Cork town of Clonakilty, is the only facility in the country dedicated to providing a comprehensive presentation of the life and times of one of Ireland’s greatest revolutionary heroes.
Michael Collins, or the ‘Big Fella’ as he is affectionately known, is a much revered figure in Ireland due to his prominent role in the War of Independence and the foundation of the Irish Free State.
Collins took part in the Easter Rising 1916, became Director of Intelligence of the IRA and was a chief negotiator of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. He subsequently became Chairman of the Provisional Government of Ireland and Commander-in-Chief of the National Army before his untimely death during the Civil War in 1922.
The Centre, located in Collins’ childhood home, tells the story of his life and actions, which provides context for the situation in Ireland as a whole during this turbulent period in history. As well as a presentation and descriptions on Collins’ history, the centre guides groups through its ‘ambush trail’, a lifesize replica of the site in Béal na mBláth where Collins was assassinated during the Civil War.
In addition, groups can arrange to be guided around the local area, being brought to important sites in the life of Collins and Ireland on the Michael Collins Tour.