Collinstown has been an inhabited area since pre-Christian times. West of the village, in the townland of Ranaghan, are the remains of several ringforts. At least one of these is attributed to the Viking chief Turgesius,
who is said to have conquered Dublin. Turgesius built them on high ground overlooking Lough Lene for defensive purposes and resided there before being killed by Máel Sechnaill mac Maíl Ruanaid, the High King of Ireland.
In addition to this fort, Turgesius also had another upon the largest island of Lough Lene which still today bears his name, Turgesius Island.
The area also contains ancient burial-grounds associated with St Colman who was responsible for seven early Christian mass paths by which pilgrims travelled on foot through fields to Sunday mass, dating from the
Collinstown is an Age Friendly Village and is set up to be very comfortable and welcoming for visitors and residents of all ages and particularly older people. We have loads of comfortable seating dotted around the village and
with nice relaxing walks in a scenic area. Enjoy Bingo every Tuesday night - perfect for visitors of all ages. Get up and dance at the monthly Social Dance in Collinstown Hall, young and old alike take to
the floor on the first Friday of every month from 9pm.
A very important ecclesiastical find was made in the summer of 1881. A boy who was out searching for eels made an amazing discovery of a bronze bell on Castle Island. The boy then sold the bronze bell to the Royal Irish
The bell is very like two other mid seventh century bells, one,which was found in Bangor, Co. Down, and the other in Cashel. The bells are a similar size and shape, and have similar decorative finish. It is
believed that the bells all came from the same foundry.
The bell has a faint outline of the Christian Cross on each side and an ornamental border, which is thought to have been unusual and reserved for shines
of the era. The bell may have belonged to St. Feichan of Fore who lived in the mid seventh century and that the bell was taken to the Island to be hidden either to keep it safe or by a thief, and that the safe keeper/thief
did not survive to get the bell from it’s hiding place.
The original bell is in the National Museum. And a second replica holds pride of place in Dail Eireann as the Ceann Comhairle’s bell. It was presented
to the Dail, by the widow of Major Bryan Cooper (a former member of the house) in 1931. There is a copy of the bell in the Cathederal Museum in Mullingar and in both St. Mary’s Church Collinstown and St. Fechins Church,
Collinstown is 78 minutes from Dublin and 21 minutes from Mullingar.