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The Imperial Hotel unveils plans to pay tribute to Michael Collins on centenary
A programme of commemorative events will mark the 100-year anniversary of his death
 Wed 10th August 2022


Cork’s Grande Dame, The Imperial Hotel, has announced plans to mark the 100-year anniversary of the death of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. To pay tribute to the larger-than-life historic figure and one of their high-profile guests, the Imperial has fittingly planned a number of commemorative tributes this August.

Collins, an iconic figure in Irish history and one of Cork’s most famous sons, was a regular guest and poignantly spent the last two nights of his life at the city centre hotel, which had been used as a military headquarters at the time.

The Imperial will be joined on the date of the anniversary by relatives of Michael Collins, who will officially open the new ‘Michael Collins Suite’ and unveil a newly commissioned portrait of the revolutionary leader.

Commenting on the centenary Allen Flynn, Owner of the Imperial Hotel, said “As a proud Irish family-run business we at the Flynn Hotel Collection have the unique pleasure of owning and operating a number of historic properties including Cork’s Grande Dame, The Imperial Hotel. In its 206-year history the hotel has welcomed famous and historic figures, but the Michael Collins connection is especially strong as he was a repeat guest and tragically spent his last night in room 115.

It is a deep honour for us to pay tribute to Collins with a newly commissioned portrait and by turning the room where he stayed into the majestic Michael Collins Suite, which we hope will be met with his family’s approval and be a place for those who have an enduring regard for his place in history to stay in the future”.

New Michael Collins Suite:

Room number 115, where Collins stayed, will henceforth been known as the ‘Michael Collins Suite’, and has undergone a significant renovation to curate the historic connection in a luxury 1920’s style. While bedrooms throughout the hotel have a modern white door and frame, the former room 115 will now stand out from the crowd with a striking mahogany door and frame and a brass nameplate bearing the inscription ‘Michael Collins Suite’. The interior styling of the room will feature green hues in the soft furnishings, an impressive mahogany four poster bed, an elegant wooden floor and furniture dating from the period. The suite, which will feature a bust of Collins on the writing desk, will be left vacant with a rope and black ribbon on the day of the centenary as a mark of respect.

New portrait of Michael Collins to be unveiled:

The Flynn Family (owners of the Flynn Collection of hotels which includes the Imperial Hotel) have commissioned a new portrait of Michael Collins by Irish portrait artist Mick O’Dea from Ennis. This painting will be officially unveiled in the hotels spectacular lobby on Monday 22nd of August 2022 and will be available to be viewed by guests and members of the public from that date forward.

Michael Collins Last Days Documentary Screenings:

On Sunday 21st August members of Michael Collins’ family will attend the screening of two documentaries introduced by historian Bartle Darcy. The first will be the premier of ‘The Collector’ by Fionnáin Creativ, this will be followed by ‘Michael Collins The Final Days’, directed by Marcus Howard from Easter Rising Stories. Booking is essential here.

Michael Collins Lecture in partnership with Cork City Library:

In the evening of the centenary (22nd) there will be a historical talk given in partnership with Cork City Library by Pól O’Murchu who is a grandnephew of Michael Collins. The talk, titled ‘Michael Collins Himself’ will focus on the man rather than the politician and anyone who would like to attend should register in advance here.

The Big Fellow’s Final Journey Tour:

Members of the public will have the option to prebook a tour given by Denis O’Sullivan of Wild Atlantic Luxury Tours which will depart the Imperial from the South Mall and will follow the same route Michael Collins took on what would tragically be his final journey. See wildatlanticluxurytours.ie for more.


For queries or bookings contact michaelcollins@imperialhotelcork.ie, or call 021-4274040.


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