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Collins Homelands


The Collins name in Ireland has its origins in the two neighbouring Munster counties of Co. Cork and Co. Limerick – while the name is common throughout all of Ireland, it is within these two regions that the Collins Clan can lay claim to having a spiritual home.


West Cork in particular is strongly linked to the Collins Clan (Ó Cúlleáin) and the name is extremely popular today in this area. Clonakilty is an obvious part of Cork that has close connections to the name, due in no small part that the iconic Irish leader Michael Collins hailed from the area.

The Beara Peninsula is well known as one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and this region of West Cork also has a strong Collins heritage – the peninsula is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Ireland with a rugged landscape of mountain ranges which sweep down to secluded sandy beaches.

Charming towns and villages are peppered along the peninsula with tourist favourites such as Castletownbere, Allihes and the picturesque Glengarriff.


Other parts of Cork which are worth visiting include Cork City itself with its shopping, entertainment and history – Cork City Gaol is an interesting tourist attraction while a visit to the English Market in the heart of the city is well worth experiencing.

Kinsale, just south of Cork City also has connections to the Collins name and the town itself is known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland” with its wide range of quality restaurants while it is also home to a scenic harbour. Cobh, also located  on the south coast of Cork has become a popular place for tourists to visit who are drawn to the Cobh Queenstown Heritage Museum which covers the history of the Titanic given that Cobh was the last port of call for the ill-fated passenger liner.


County Limerick has deep-seated links to the Collins Clan heritage as it was from this region that Ó Coileáin sept of Limerick had to migrate to the territory of Ó Cúlleáin in West Cork. Limerick is dominated by the majestic River Shannon which flows the length of the county, through the city of Limerick.

Limerick City itself is home to shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions such as the Hunt Museum and St. Mary’s Cathedral while Irish history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to King John’s Castle and Bunratty Castle (which is located a short drive from the city).

Outside of Limerick city, the pretty village of Adare is well known for its “olde English” style cottages and buildings while Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites where a visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC. The interpretation includes a slide show, imaginative exhibition models and interpretative panels.