Identity Statement for Michael Collins
- Reference code: IE UCDA P123
- Title: Papers of Michael Collins (1890–1922)
- Dates: 1906–15
- Level of description: Fonds
- Extent: 60 items
Born in Woodfield, Clonakilty, County Cork, Michael Collins emigrated to London when he was sixteen, living with his sister Hannah in West Kensington. He worked initially with the British post office, a branch of the Customs and Excise Service, and later with Horne & Co, a firm of bankers. He was heavily involved with the Gaelic League and the Gaelic Athletic Association during his years in London and in 1914 he joined a London company of the Irish Volunteers. He returned to Ireland in 1916.
This collection was transferred from Marquette University Library, Milwaukee, USA to UCD Archives on 10 June 1994.
Documents relating to Collins’ career in London including his preparation for Civil Service Custom & Excise examinations and his involvement with the Gaelic League and the Gaelic Athletic Association. Includes examination preparatory course work; material relating to the administration and activities of both the Gaelic League and the GAA; draft writings by Collins on Irish history and politics; personal documents.