Welcome to the official website for the
Michael Collins Centre, Clonakilty West Cork
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in stunning West Cork at Castleview just outside the seaside town of Clonakilty. At the Centre visitors enjoy a comprehensive presentation on the life and times of Michael Collins. There are audiovisuals, live illustrated presentations delivered three times daily and a fine collection of Michael Collins memorabilia. The Centre is situated on the grounds of the Michael Collins Memorial Park which overlooks the magnificent Argideen Valley. The Park contains a number of life-size memorials dedicated to Collins and the Irish fight for freedom, among them the Béal na Blá memorial: a recreation of the ambush site where Michael Collins died
The Centre is located in close proximity to numerous sites intimately linked with Michael Collins, including his birthplace in Woodfield; our guides also offer tours to these sites, as well as a more extensive tour taking in other sites in Cork associated with the War of Independence. The Michael Collins Centre is a family-run business by the Crowley family who are directly related to Michael Collins and are dedicated to researching and relating Michael Collins' story in an authentic and entertaining way. In 2014, the Michael Collins Centre received a Travellers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor; this award placed the Centre in the top 1% of destinations nationally, and in the top 10 list of Irish museums and interpretative centres. In 2016 the Michael Collins Centre is listed in the top 10 must-see museums in Ireland, in the Irish American web- site IrishCentral
In Search of Michael Collins
In Search of Michael Collins is available from the Michael Collins Centre, Castleview, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Cost: €10 plus P&P.
The Michael Collins Centre recently launched a new book entitled In Search of Michael Collins. It was written by Tim Crowley, founder of the Michael Collins Centre. The 122-page book is an illustrated history and guide to the places in Co. Cork associated with Michael Collins; it is filled with local historical information, Collins family history and lore, maps, original artwork and photographs. It also includes some never-before-seen photographs of Collins, his family and his homestead, as well as extracts from interviews with close relatives of Michael Collins. .
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