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Michael Collins Centre
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Clonakilty
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Owner description: We are a family run interpretive centre, just off the main road(R600)between Clonakilty and Timoleague/Kinsale).We are also located on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are open from Mid June to Mid September. At the centre we give presentations interpreting the life and times of Michael Collins. We begin with an audio visual presentation showing all the places connected with Michael Collins in West Cork, we also have a second audio visual consisting of archive footage. The most unique part of the presentation is our live lecture which is conducted by an expert historian who gives an account of the 'Big Fella's' life from 1906 until his death. We also have a full scale replica of the Ambush site in Beal na mBlath. We also do private Michael Collins tours.
Cork, Ireland
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12 reviews
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

visited today,(7 aug.) very informative on Collins, beautiful location a short distance from clonakilty .a must for anybody into irish history.

Visited August 2014
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“dont miss this - best value in Ireland so far”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We are not irish, so by chance we deviated off the road out of idle curiosity to see what this place had to offer. Well for only 5 euro it has to be the best value for money so far. Allow at least an hour to see the presentation given by a passionate decendant of the Collins family, and prepare to hear a story that is raw with facts, tragedy and passion. I came to this place with a vague knowledge of Michael Collins and left a wiser person with a far greater respect for the irish people and what they achieved and the men and women who got them there. Michael Collins was one of those people, and whether you agree with his ways or not, he fought and died for what he thought was best for his people, so I now admire him greatly

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“History brought to life”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

We found the audiovisual and exhibits really interesting and the presentation enthralling. Tim spoke for about an hour and we could have listened to him for much longer. It is no small feat to distil a wealth of knowledge into a really clear account of a confused and violent time, acknowledge different accounts, give a more universal perspective, include relevatory anecdotes and make it human - all of which Tim succeeded in doing. We are an Irish and English family and found it absorbing and we learnt a lot. We would really recommend it to anyone with an interest in Irish history. We hope to arrange one of the Collins tours next time we are in the area.

Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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“The definitive Collins experience”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

I saw the movie, read the books, even saw the Musical (think Plough & Stars meets Les Mis). I am a big fan of the Big Fella. A couple of hours at the museum was a highlight in a super holiday in West Cork. Developed and run by a local family related to the Big Fella, the centre presents the whole story of Michael Collins including original research, pictures, film, insights & facts you won't find elsewhere. At 5€ for adults and 3€ for over 12s this was also good value.

Visited July 2014
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“Give your self plenty of time!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

The literature and the website say you need a minimum of 1 hour to visit - we think you need at least 2 -3 hours. This is a 'museum' with a difference!

A historian gives a comprehensive but not over detailed lecture and slide show on Collins - this lasts an hour and is well worth staying for the full duration. This is followed by 30 mins of archive films. You then need time to view the exhibits and memorabilia.

While we travelled with small kids and got away with it in terms of their behaviour, kids are very likely to get bored as there is little 'doing' - that said the recreation of the Beal na Blath site complete with Red British post box is well worth looking at.

This is a small family business that excellently presents Ml Collins life and times. Clearly the son and daughter of the owner are as enthusiastic about the business as their Dad!

Clearly a very cleverly organised, well presented, unique product - well done! Highly recommended half day's entertainment for €5.00 per adult.

It can easily be a wet day activity and goodness knows there is no shortage of them in West Cork.

Visited July 2014
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