Programme of Events

 Sunday 14th  
2.30pmHill Walk and Outdoor Theatre Event from Woodfield to Carraig a Radhairc. Hosted by the Sam’s Cross Michael Collins Commemorat

Venue: Registration at Sam’s Cross at 2.30pm.

Walk to Woodfield, birthplace of Michael Collins.  Act 1 of radio play written by Tim Crowley to be played here. Proceed to the top Carraig a Radhairc hill where Michael walked with his brother Johnny on Christmas Day 1921. Act 2 of play will be played on Hill Top.

Wear suitable clothing & footwear.  Suitable for families and anyone of moderate fitness, no dogs allowed on this walk.   (2 hours approx.)

8.00pm‘Extraordinary Ordinary Women”- a presentation of words, songs and poetry by Karen Minihan followed by ‘Home Rules’ – a live play starring Pauline O’Driscoll.

Venue: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.


Monday 15th
1pm “Last Footsteps of Michael Collins” Special Presentation by Tim Crowley.

Venue: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.

Tuesday 16th
5pmPremiere of ‘Michael Collins, Tales From Home’; a short documentary by Lisavaird National School. Ticketed Event.


Tickets: €5- available from Hurleys Fuel Store, Lisavaird


Venue: The Park Cinema, Clonakilty

6:30pm“Clonakilty At War” Hosted By Cumann Seanchais – A walking Tour of The Michael Collins, War of Independence and Civil War sites in Clonakilty Town.


Venue: Starts at Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square.

8:30pm“A Legendary Figure: British Perceptions of Michael Collins” by Gabriel Doherty. A History Talk hosted By Duchas Clonakilty.


Entry: €5, no pre-booking required.


Venue: Clonakilty GAA Clubhouse, Aghamilla, Clonakilty.

Wednesday 17th
1.00pm“Last Footsteps of Michael Collins” Special Presentation and Tour by Tim Crowley.


Venue: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.

8.00pmHistory Scoops hosted by Michael Collins House.

Three short, informal and engaging talks on the theme of Béal na Bláth.


Venue: De Barras Folk Club

8.00pmMovie Night- Broken Harvest followed by Trad Music.


Venue: The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross

Thursday 18th
7.00pmHistory Walk of Clonakilty Hosted by Duchas Clonakilty


Location: Starts at Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty.

7.00pmMemorial Unveiling
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8.00pmMovie Night- The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Venue: The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross.

8.30pmTalk “Denis O’Neill – One Man’s War” by John Flannery-

Venue: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.

Friday 19th  
8.00pmAn evening discussing history and memories of Michael Collins’ life in Woodfield, Sam’s Cross and Lisavaird presented by Sam’s Cross Michael Collins Commemoration Committee in conjunction with Cumann Seanchais Cloich na Coillte.


Tickets: €10- available from available from Hurleys Fuel Store, Lisavaird & Michael Collins House Museum, Clonakilty.


Venue- Lisavaird Community Hall



The O’Brien Connection with John O’Driscoll: Great grandnephew of Mary Anne O’Brien (Michael Collins’ Mother)

The Clonakilty Collins family with Kyran Hurley:  Grandnephew of Michael Collins

The Kitty Kiernan connection with Frank Gearty: Grandnephew of Kitty Kiernan

Michael Collins in Woodfield, Sam’s Cross and Lisavaird with Tim Crowley: Local Historian


Followed by entertainment from: Johnny McEvoy, St James GAA Scór All Ireland Champions, Emma O’Flynn Dance Group, Lisavaird School Presentation, Half Set by local dancers, Trad Session   

8.00pmMovie Night- Hang up Your Brightest Colours followed by Live Music.


Venue- The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross

Saturday 20th  
2.00pmMichael Collins Commemoration Parade

Brass bands, vintage cars, period dress and more.

Location: Faxbridge through Pearse St. and finish at Emmet Square.

2.45pmWreath laying ceremony by Cork County Board on behalf of Cork GAA Clubs.

Location: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square

3.00pmRe-enactments and pageantry of some iconic scenes from Michael Collins life

Location: Emmet Square.

3.00pmBand Recitals:

Clonakilty Brass Band in Emmet Square

Barrack Street Band in Asna Square

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Pearse St.)

4.00pmMichael Collins Symposium, Clonakilty Parish Centre.

Venue: Clonakilty Parish Centre.

Tickets: €10- available from, O’Donovans Hotel and Michael Collins House Museum.

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4.00pmMuseum Open Evening

Venue: Michael Collins House Museum.

Free Entry, No booking required. Last entry 7.30pm.

4.00pmMichael Collins Treasure Hunt

– The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross

Sunday 21st
11.00amWreath laying Ceremony- Sams Cross Commemoration Committee

Venue: Sams Cross.

3.00pmMichael Collins Commemoration Oration @ Béal na Bláth
4.00pmWorld record attempt- Largest gathering of people named Michael Collins.

Location: Newcestown Village.

4.00pmClonakilty Black Pudding BBQ, Trad Music and Irish Dancing.

Venue:The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross

5.00pm – 10.00pmOutdoor Cinema Event

Free event, no prebooking required. Spaces limited.

Venue: Emmet Square

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8.00pmPaddy Cullivans Michael Collins stage show hosted by Creative Bandon

Venue: The Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon.

Monday 22nd –
Michael Collins 100 Anniversary
All DayOpen Day at Michael Collins House Museum (Long wait times anticiapated)
5.30pmMichael Collins Anniversary Mass.


Venue: Church of the Sacred Heart, Lisavaird

6.00pmCoach trip from Clonakilty to Béal na Blá via Woodfield by Cumann Seanchais.
6.15pmA Toast to Michael Collins at the same time he left Sams Cross for the last time 100 years ago.


Venue: The Four Alls Pub, Sams Cross



Official wreath laying ceremony by Mayor of County Cork, Danny Collins to coincide with Michael Collins approximate time of death.


Location: Béal na Bláth

9.00pmWreath laying ceremony.


Venue: Michael Collins Statue in Clonakilty.

10.00pmWreath laying.


Venue: Michael Collins Monument at Sams Cross.


Clonakilty, Aug 14th to Aug 22nd 2022

The Michael Collins Centenary Commemoration Festival will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Michael Collins but also celebrate his life and achievements. The programme will reflect Collins’ own interests with events ranging from sports and theatre to history, music, art and walks. Local groups involved in creating this programme are: Michael Collins House, Michael Collins Centre, the Michael Collins Commemoration Committee Clonakilty, the Sams Cross Commemoration Committee, Duchas Clonakilty and Cumann Seanchais Cloich na Coillte. We hope that in creating this programme we have an apolitical, unbiased, and sympathetic programme which has something of interest for all.

Special presentations and exhibitions will run at the following local Museums throughout the Summer:

Kilmurry Independence Museum.
Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.
Michael Collins House Museum, Clonakilty.
West Cork Regional Museum, Clonakilty

This programme of events is not definitive and events/dates/times may change.

All events are subject to the terms and conditions of the hosting party. The views and opinions expressed as part of any event are those of the speakers and do not reflect the views or positions of the Michael Collins Centenary Commemoration Festival or its organising members.