Hello and welcome to Michael Collins House, Clonakilty. Today we will tell you the story of the Irish revolutionary hero, Michael Collins and the history of Irish Independence. To do this we go back not just to when Michael Collins was born in 1890, but back nearly 100 years before, to 1798 and to the foundations of the conflict in which Michael Collins would become such an important figure.

Hear about local heroes, Tadhg an Asna and the rebels who fought in the Battle of the Cross in 1798 and how the stories of these men would influence a young Michael Collins. Hear about Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa and the foundations of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the revolutionary group which Collins would go on to lead. Finally hear Collins life story, his personal life and his military and political achievements, intertwined with the story of Irish Independence.

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