A man of action, a man dedicated to the cause of Irish freedom, a very intelligent and astute man who dominated Irish life during and post the war of independence.

Join Clonakilty in the life and celebration of Michael Collins, 'The Big Fella'. The Michael Collins Birthday Celebration will be primarily focused on the life and times of Collins. It will an opportunity for people to appeciate the flamboyance and genius of this great man, his attention to details, his skills at multi-tasking and his ability to infiltrate the security of the British Empire at the highest level.

Born in Sam's Cross about 3 miles from Clonakilty in 1890, Michael attended the Clonakilty Boy's National School and during this time he lived in Emmet Square.

The celebrations will take place around the town of Clonakilty out to Sam's Cross and Beal na mBlath.