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Call-out for Michael Collins artefacts yields results

March 28th, 2018 10:10 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

The Michael Collins House museum in Clonakilty.

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MICHAEL Collins House in Clonakilty is looking to borrow or buy Irish revolutionary period artefacts to boost its collection.

According to general manager Jamie Murphy, they’ve already had a good response from the public since they put a call out on their Facebook page and  they will follow up those leads to see if the artefacts are suitable for the museum.

‘Basically we’re looking to get a bigger and better collection. We are always looking for artefacts not just related to Michael Collins but anything related to the revolutionary years whether that’s 1798 or anything to do with O’Donovan Rossa,’ Jamie told The Southern Star.

‘If readers think they have an artefact of interest from those years and would like to see it in our museum there are a mixture of ways they can follow it up. They can give it to us for loan or for donation and if it is an artefact which is of significant historical significance we would be looking to buy it for our collection.’

Over the past year Jamie and his team have added about seven new artefacts but he adds they are always looking to keep the museum fresh.

‘We’re coming up to two years in operation now and last year was our first full year and we exceeded our expectations there and so far this year our numbers are up on last year,’ added Jamie.

•  If you have an artefact that you think would be of historical interest for Michael Collins House contact Jamie Murphy on 023-8858676.

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