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Michael Collins Birthplace
Áit Breithe Mhícheál Uí Choileáin
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General information
Status Museum
Type cottage
Architectural style Vernacular
Location Woodfield
Town or city Coolcraheen, near Clonakilty
Country Ireland
Coordinates 51°37′00″N 8°58′50″W / 51.616650°N 8.980448°W / 51.616650; -8.980448
Elevation 65 m (213 ft)
Construction started mid-19th century
Renovated 1989–90
Owner Office of Public Works
Technical details
Material Stone, timber, slate
Floor count 1
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: Michael Collins birth place
Reference #: 634

The Michael Collins Birthplace is a cottage and National Monument located in County Cork, Ireland. It was the birthplace of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins (1890–1922).


The Michael Collins Birthplace is located 5.3 km (3.3 mi) west of Clonakilty, immediately northwest of the hamlet of Sam's Cross.


Collins was born in Woodfield, Coolcraheen, near Clonakilty, in 1890 without medical assistance to Marianne Collins (née O'Brien; c. 1852-1907); In 1900, three years after the death of Michael John Collins (1815-1897), Marianne's much older husband, the family moved to a new house on the farmstead, and the old house became housing for livestock. Almost the entire property, then occupied by Collins's widower brother, Seán (previously known as John), and his eight children, was burned down at the direction of Essex Regiment soldiers on 7 April 1921.

The land was sold two years later, in 1923. It was rebuilt many years later, but the original house his mother built was left as is after it was burnt, with only the buildings imprint and one chimney stack standing. It opened to the public in October 1990 by President Patrick Hillery and is maintained by the Office of Public Works.


The house is rectangular and single-storey, built of local stone. Michael John Collins, father of Michael, was an adept carpenter and made the furniture, doors and windowframes himself.

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