Active Retirement Groups
The Country Life Show was specially created for active retirement groups. During the show the Museum becomes a ‘farmhouse theatre’ with its large, traditional open fireplace, settle and loft overhead. By candlelight Dolores Crowley begins a demonstration of traditional baking methods as she prepares a cake mixture which is then placed in a bastable on the open fire. As the room gradually fills with the mouth-watering smell of the cake as it bakes, a talk on old superstitions begins; this is followed by a session of stories, humorous songs and monologs presented by Tim Crowley and Michael O’Brien, all-round entertainer. A slideshow, is then delivered by Tim Crowley, which traces the history of West Cork from the Bronze Age through to the time of the Irish Civil War; it explores the history of local monasteries, castles, the 1798 Rebellion, the Famine, the 1916 Rising and the story of Michael Collins. Afterwards the cake, cooked on the open fire, is presented to the group to enjoy. Visitors can then take time to view the collection of artefacts, memorabilia and photographs on display in the Michael Collins Centre Museum.
Active Retired Tours
What Our Visitors Think
Tim's communication of the story of Michael Collins: Very clear, interesting and knowledgeable backed up by his research. As we were 3 sisters with relatives directly involved in the civil war, Tim's account of Michael Collin's travels and encounters on his last day were particularly moving.
Fantastic tourist attraction, very well thought out and very well delivered. Hosts were very welcoming. Thoroughly enjoyed this visit and great value for money. We were there an hour and forty-five minutes. My youngest son is Irish History Obsessed and described it as “the best day ever”.
Lovely place to sit and take in stunning views.
If you are interested in the irish independance war, you HAVE to go there ! Timothy gave the greatest history presentation I ever watched. He really has the knowledge of a historian on Michael Collins. Absolutely incredible. There probably won't be any question you will ask he won't have the answer to. And for the foreigners, he speaks a very understandable english. I recommend 2000 % !!!!!!!
I wish I could give more stars! This was mind blowing and captivating! And I really hope they charge more for this unforgettable experience! You don't meet often a historian that is so passionate about his job and there are reasons behind it which you will need to find out for yourself 😊 1000000000000% recommend it!!