Michael Collins Centre Museum

Dramatic Presentation and Impressive Exhibition

Our Museum is famous for it’s live dramatised illustrated presentations, during which photographs and maps are used to tell the story of Michael Collins in a traditional Irish storytelling style. The Slide  Show/Talks bring visitors into the world of Michael Collins from his birth in 1890 to his death at Béal na Blá in 1922. The presentations are delivered three times daily during July and August, with less daily shows in June and September.

The Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artefacts in Ireland associated with the 1916 Rebellion, Irish War Of Independence and Irish Civil War, including six personal items connected to Michael Collins. A guided tour of the collection and the outdoor exhibits is included in the presentation.

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 American Civil War collection.

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Tickets Prices

Michael Collins Centre Museum

8 Adult
25 2 Adults & 2 Teens
4 Children ( 7 - 12 yrs )
5 Students ( 13 - 18 yrs )
7 College
Outdoor Exhibits

Michael Collins Centre Museum

Hurleys Belt

The Museum is located on a beautiful hill top site on the Crowley family farm, overlooking the magnificent Argideen River Valley with breathtaking views of the Dunmanway hills and the Kerry mountains. Three Exhibits are located on the grounds of the Centre.

The final moments of the life of Michael Collins are explored in a 100m, life-size re-creation of the Béal na Blá ambush site, where Michael Collins died, with replicas of the vehicles in the Collins convoy: The Rolls-Royce Whippet armoured car – called Sliabh na mBan, the Crossley Tender (troop lorry) and the Leyland Eight touring car.

In the life size recreation of a firing squad execution yard the story behind 105 executions which occurred in the aftermath of the 1916 rising, during the War of Independence and Civil War in Ireland is explored. Those executions led to huge change and bitterness at that time. The consequences of those executions and the procedure of a firing squad execution is explored during the presentation.

The 1798 memorial is a life-size replica of the ruins of an early Medieval church site with the ruins of a church, a watch house, a holy well, a grotto and over one-hundred uninscribed grave-markers. The Battle of the Big Cross took place on 19 June 1798, 4km north west of the Michael Collins Centre and the memorial was built using stone from the homestead of Tadhg an Asna the leader of the local rebels who was killed in the battle.

Short Barrel Revolver, found in a wall in Bandon.

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