About Michael Collins

Michael Collins Centre and Museum

Michael Collins Centre Museum is a family run interpretive centre museum just outside the seaside town of Clonakilty at Castleview in stunning West Cork on the wild atlantic way.

Expert historian and museum co-founder Tim Crowley has spent over two decades informing visitors about the remarkable events which took place in West Cork and further afield during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. Tim is an author and a regular consultant for documentaries and radio segments related to the Irish fight for Independence. He has written two books "In Search of Michael Collins" and "The Local Cost of Freedom". Tim also played an integral role in erecting the Michael Collins Statue in Clonakilty unveiled by Liam Neeson in 2002.

Our unique museum offers a comprehensive and memorable presentation relating to the extraordinary life of Michael Collins, Ireland’s great revolutionary leader, and the turbulent era of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

We take immense pride in shedding light on the history of our area and in doing so, we hope to ensure that the courageous acts of ordinary people, as well as the misfortune of those caught in the cross-fire during the War of Independence and Civil War are not forgotten.

Our beautiful farmhouse, surrounded by spectacular scenery, is the perfect setting for our tours, which are based on traditional storytelling techniques passed down from generation to generation. Our guide’s compelling and passionate delivery leaves visitors with a deeper understanding of the tumultuous time in Irish history. Our tour is sure to ignite the imagination of both young and old.

The Michael Collins Centre is home to one of Ireland’s top collections of Michael Collins’ personal items, as well as an impressive range of military artefacts and memorabilia. The stories we share at the centre are closely linked to our family history. Timothy’s grandmother was from the same family as Michael Collins mother, his grandfather shared the same loft as Michael Collins in Frongoch in 1916 and his grand aunts kept the strife for freedom alive and well while their brothers were in Frongoch.
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