This is the Michael Collins House Print Room dedicated to Michael Collins’ time spent at Emmet Square and to the West Cork People Newspaper.
Between 1903-1905, Michael Collins lived in Emmet Square with his sister Margaret and her husband Patrick O’Driscoll, the proprietor of The West Cork People newspaper. Michael moved into Clonakilty in order to attend the National School, just a short walk away through the Square, to prepare for the British Post Office Boy Clerk examination. Here Collins would become good friends with Sean Hurley, who also attended the school. While living in Emmet Square Michael also helped his brother in law, Patrick, in the production of the West Cork People newspaper. He type-set articles for publication in the paper and collected match reports from local GAA games and other sports.
After passing his exams Michael moved to London in 1906 where he worked at the West Kensington Post Office Savings Bank. In London, Collins became involved in the Gealic League and the GAA, playing for Geraldines GAA club. He would later be initiated into the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1909, encouraged by the famous Sam Maguire. This is a turning point in Collins life where he becomes actively involved in the Irish freedom movement.
Please explore the information boards and artefacts in this room and when ready proceed into the next room and in to the left.