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. Elizabeth Slyne Crowley, grandmother of Tim Crowley was
a cousin of Michael Collins and her husband Tim Crowley was on active
service during the 1916 rebellion.
The Crowleys opened a Heritage center on their farm in 2000 and Michael
Collins slide shows were held two evenings a week during the summer
months. In 2002 the Heritage center was named the Michael Collins Centre
and the photograph and militaria exhibition was set up in the cottage
In 2003, outside the center the ambush trail was laid out, a one hundred
meter section of road designed to look like a War of Independence /Civil
War ambush site. The Michael Collins CentreClonakilty 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.