Michael Collins Centre
At the Michael Collins Centre visitors can enjoy live illustrated presentations, audiovisuals and an impressive exhibition of Michael Collins artifacts, memorabilia, militaria and photographs. The audiovisuals include two films: one explores the sites in West Cork associated with Michael Collins and the other is a collection of archive footage and audio recordings.
Our Centre is famous for its live talks and slideshows, in which over one hundred photographs are used to tell the story of Michael Collins; these are delivered three times daily by our expert historian/guides. The history surrounding Michael Collins is told using the traditional Irish method of storytelling; one of the greatest joys of working at the Centre is listening to the many stories that our visitors share with us regarding their own family connections with Collins, West Cork or that period of our history. The Michael Collins Centre Collection contains some personal items, which belonged to Michael Collins and artifacts from the World War 1, 1916 Rebellion, Irish War of Independence and Civil War.
As well as the Michael Collins exhibition, the Centre has smaller displays on two other historically significant figures with local connections: Henry Ford and former US President, John F. Kennedy. More Irish fought and died in the American Civil War, than in the Irish Civil War. You could argue that the American Civil War was part of the lead up to the Irish revolutionary period. Michael Collins Centre also has a small American Civil War collection.