Minister Hayes visits Michael Collins Birth Place

The Office of Public Works has invited a local community to submit proposals for the re development of Michael Collin’s birth place in Woodfield outside of Clonakilty. On Monday this week, Brian Hayes TD and minister with responsibility for the OPW visited the site accompanied with officials and local TD’s Jim Daly and Noel Harrington. The delegation met with a number of locals who expressed their desire to see the site developed as a tourist attraction. Minister Hayes expressed his interest in seeing the potential of the site developed as a tourist attraction in West Cork. The sun shone brightly on woodfield on Monday morning as the Minister and his team viewed the amenity and were given a tour of the site and nearby plaque erected at Sam’s Cross by locals who were impressed with the level of interest shown by the Minister.

Local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly hopes that this site which is in the ownership of the OPW can be developed sensitively reflecting the strong historical and cultural significance of the site. “I would love to see the tourism potential enhanced as well as bringing the legacy of this great leader preserved for future generations. Any proposals for development will have to have a strong input from the local community.”