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Bookings or enquires:
Dolores or Timothy Crowley,
Michael Collins Centre,
Castleview, Clonakilty,
West Cork. Ireland
Tel: 023 8846107
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THE MICHAEL COLLINS STATUE CLONAKILTY

Up to recently no statue of Michael Collins existed anywhere in the world, so a small group got together in Clonakilty in 2001 to rectify that situation. The main organisers were Tim  and Dolores Crowley of the Michael Collins Center and Traolach O’ Donnabhain of Clonakilty Historical Society. Sculptor Kevin Holland was commissioned to make a seven foot bronze statue of Collins and it was decided to place the piece at the edge of Emmet Square in Clonakilty.
 

Sculptor Kevin Holland (on right) with Tim Crowley at Woodfield

The patriot lived there with his sister Margaret from 1904 to 1906. Over £100,000 was raised for to pay for the statue and to fund a week long festival leading up to the unveiling ceremony. August 22nd 2002 the 80th anniversary of the Big Fella’s death was picked as the date for the unveiling and film actor Liam Neeson agreed to travel from the United States to unveil the statue.

Seven and a half thousand people attended the event, on a beautiful August evening and today a statue depicting Michael Collins making a speech stands proud in his hometown of Clonakilty.

Michael Collins Statue being
 lowered on to Pedestal

 Michael Collins Statue
in Emmet Square Clonakilty

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