Michael Collins Centre
Welcome to the official website for the Michael Collins Centre. A family run interpretive centre and museum, located at Castleview just outside of the seaside town of Clonakilty, in stunning West Cork, on the Wild Atlantic Way.
At the Centre visitors enjoy a comprehensive presentation on the life and times of Michael Collins. There are live illustrated presentations delivered three times daily, audiovisuals and a fine collection of Michael Collins artefacts and memorabilia.
The Michael Collins Centre 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 at Woodfield. The Museum offers private Michael Collins Tours to these sites, as well as a more extensive War Of Independence Tour. This Tour takes in the Collins sites and other sites in Cork associated with the War of Independence.
Marianne O’Brien mother of Michael Collins and Marianne McCarthy, Great Grandmother of Tim Crowley, co-founder of Michael Collins Centre, were second cousins.
Tim Crowley senior, Grandfather of Tim Crowley was on active service with the Volunteers in 1916 and was later interned in Frongoch prison camp, North Wales with Michael Collins.