I'm amazed at the number of people who’ve written over the course of the time this site has been up and running. Many of those who do send messages are curious about who I am and why I run this site. For starters, my name is Sara, hence the title of the website, and I have been interested in the life and times of Michael Collins ever since I viewed Neil Jordan’s film in 1996.
My other interests include being a workout junkie, music nerd (many genres), a book nerd (many genres there, too), film (many, many genres, especially German Expressionist Cinema), Jacques-Louis David, art history, all things James Bond, travel, the joys of sleep, and biographies in general. I have an AA and a BA in liberal arts. After one semester of law school, I realized I was entering the wrong profession. I attended graduate school and, in May of 2007, I completed my MA in English with a concentration in literature. My master's thesis entitled "Making Mephisto" chronicles the adaptation of Goethe's Mephistopheles from page to screen in F. W. Murnau's 1926 silent film Faust.
About This Site
So how does a person wake up one morning and decide to build a Michael Collins site? After watching Michael Collins, I set out to read every book about Collins I could find. There was just one problem—I had serious difficulties obtaining anything in the way of books and videos. I found that my local libraries had no books regarding Collins and my local bookstores carried only a title or two. So I surfed the net and collected as many books and videos as I could find, sparing no out-of-pocket expense. Several years later, I have a great collection and I have tried to consolidate the crux of that information into this website for readers. Not everyone has the time, energy, funds or desire to start hoarding materials on Collins and, especially for the students out there who use this site for homework, I want this to be a place to find vital information free of charge. I have spent years gathering information on Collins and I spent several months building the original version of this site. I launched it in May of 1999 and received enough positive responses to keep going. However, I feel compelled to make a quick addendum to this portion of the site since it is the closest thing to a "mission statement" I have. It's funny to me how, once a person places a site online, it suddenly takes on a life of its own. Anyone can access it anywhere and take from it what he wishes. That is part of the beauty and the curse of the internet, I suppose. My purpose for this site is really to showcase existing research on Michael Collins rather than necessarily pushing my own thoughts. Some readers will not like this and others will be delighted to find this slice of consolidated information. My thesis is essentially my largest section of original work and that is meant to be so. I can't be happier that more than a decade later, people still use it for Collins research. I don't think anyone with a passion for Irish history could ask for more than that.
If you have any questions or comments regarding me or this site, please feel free to contact me.