Kilmurry Independence Museum.
‘Béal na Bláth – The local story’ which will launch on August 12th 2022.
The exhibition covers:
- Commander-in-Chief Michael Collins’ journey through Cork on the day
- Detailed map of the ambush site
- The anti-Treaty IRA personnel involved in the ambush
- The National Army convoy personnel
- The local safehouses where the Officers of the Southern Division of the anti-Treaty IRA were accommodated
- Commemorating the local anti-Treaty Volunteers killed that July in the Battle of Limerick.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a centenary edition of Michael Collins His Death in the Twilight, written by the late Edward O’Mahony will be republished as a fundraiser for KHAA, who run the museum and community space on a voluntary basis.
Michael Collins Centre, Castleview.
At the Centre visitors enjoy a comprehensive presentation on the life and times of Michael Collins. There are live illustrated presentations delivered three times daily, audiovisuals and a fine collection of Michael Collins artefacts and memorabilia.
Open Mon-Sat, Presentation start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily until August 26th.
Michael Collins House Museum, Clonakilty.
Located in the heart of Clonakilty this museum dedicated to Michael Collins tells his life story and the history of the Irish revolutionary years by self-guided tour or by guided tour.
Michael Collins Diaries 1918-1922
In conjunction with the National Archives of Ireland, Michael Collins’ diaries will be on public display for the first time at Michael Collins House Museum. The organisational diaries give an insight into Collins daily life during these turbulent times. See his 1921 and 1922 diaries on display or turn the pages of history of all five diaries on an interactive screen.
Entry to this exhibit is free.
Elsewhere in Michael Collins House Museum learn the life story of Michael Collins including an extended exhibition about his early years in Clonakilty and a new Civil War display featuring Michael Collins death mask.
As part of the Michael Collins Commemoration Festival the museum will operate under extended opening hours for the month of August; open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm.
West Cork Regional Museum, Clonakilty
A historical volunteer run museum featuring a number of Michael Collins and Irish War of Independence and Civil War artefacts.
Extended opening times for the duration of the Michael Collins Centenary Commemoration Festival 14th Aug to 22nd Aug.
Local Schools Competition- Shop window displays.
Every school in the area was invited to submit an integrated visual arts and history project on the Life and Times of Michal Collins. Open to children from 3rd to 6th class each school was requested to submit one entry. These projects are displayed in shopfront windows of co-operating businesses throughout Clonakilty for the Summer and will be judged for a cash prize fund of €1000.
Civil War Mural
To mark the centenary of the start of the Civil War a mural was installed in Croppy Park, Clonakilty. The mural by Cork artist Garreth Joyce, symbolically represents the war through an illustration of the Austin Clarke civil war poem ‘The Lost Heifer’. Set out over six panels the mural depicts each stanza of the poem. It tells the story of the heifer, an old symbol of Ireland and Irish culture, lost in the dark mists of the countryside before coming to the fore in more optimistic times in the post War of Independence period. The heifer then disappears into the dark rain of the incoming Civil War again. This bright, colourful mural looks beautiful and blends with surrounding foliage but has a deep meaning that illustrates the damage of the civil war. The mural is a Michael Collins House project, funded by the Cork County Council Commemorations Committee in association with The Walls Project.
Michael Collins House Museum manager Jamie Murphy who coordinated the project said: ‘We wanted to create a mural that tells the story and illustrates the tragedy of the Civil War. It is a very difficult and complex part of our history and something that is very hard to illustrate in an honest and unbiased manner so I think the artist, Garreth Joyce has found a brilliant way to achieve that through poetry and symbolism. Apart from it having this hidden meaning it is a beautiful artwork that really blends in with its surrounds and brightens up the area offering something for people of all ages to explore and learn about our history from.’
The mural is the second artwork in Clonakilty telling the story of the Irish revolutionary years. This first being the Truce Mural on Kent St which commemorates the end of the Irish War of Independence and depicts Michael Collins and other local revolutionary heroes.
Michael Collins Speech Reenactment.