|Irish name||Dónall Ó Coileáin|
1 September 1950 |
Castlehaven, County Cork, Ireland
Collins joined the team during the 1971-72 National Hurling League and was a regular member of the starting fifteen for just one season until he left the panel after the 1972 championship. During that time he won one Munster medal and one National League medal. Collins was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.
In 1971 he lined out in his first senior decider as Blackrock faced St. Finbarr's. After a decade in the doldrums the Rockies were back and a 2-19 to 5-4 victory secured a championship medal for Collins. Blackrock subsequently represented Cork in the provincial series of games and faced Moyne-Templetuohy in the decider. An impressive 4-10 to 3-1 victory gave Collins a Munster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland decider pitted Blackrock against Rathnure. A high-scoring game followed, however, a narrow 5-13 to 6-9 victory gave Collins an All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship medal.
Blackrock surrendered their club, provincial and All-Ireland decider the following year, however, in 1973 Collins lined out in a second county championship final. A 2-12 to 2-10 defeat of Glen Rovers gave him a second championship medal. A subsequent two-point defeat of Newmarket-on-Fergus in the provincial decider gave Collins a second Munster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Blackrock against Rathnure. A rousing draw was followed by a great replay. Superb late goals by Collins and Éamonn O'Donoghue secured a 3-8 to 1-9 victory and a second All-Ireland medal for Collins.
Once again back-to-back championship titles eluded the Rockies, however, a 4-11 to 0-10 defeat of Glen Rovers in 1975 gave Collins a third championship medal. He later added a third Munster medal to his collection following a decisive 8-12 to 3-8 defeat of Mount Sion. Kilkenny's James Stephen provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland final. Five points down at half-time, the Kilkenny club came storming back and defeated Collins's side by 2-10 to 2-4.
It was 1978 before Collins enjoyed his next success. A 4-12 to 1-7 defeat of Glen Rovers gave him a fourth championship medal. Once again the Rockies stormed through the provincial championship and defeated Newmarket-on-Fergus by two goals, giving Collins a fourth Munster medal. The All-Ireland final saw Cork take on Kilkenny again. This time it was Blackrock versus Ballyhale Shamrocks. Ray Cummins scored two goals in rapid succession in the opening thirty minutes to put Blackrock in the driving seat. At the full-time whistle Blackrock were the winners by 5-7 to 5-5, giving Collins a third All-Ireland medal.
A 2-14 to 2-6 defeat of St. Finbarr's in 1979 gave Collins his fifth and final championship medal. It was the first time that Blackrock had won back-to-back championships in almost fifty years. He later picked up a fifth Munster medal following a 0-13 to 1-8 defeat of Dunhill.
A move to Kilkenny saw Collins join the James Stephens club. In 1982 he came on as a substitute in the All-Ireland final as the village club faced Mount Sion. A 3-13 to 3-8 victory gave Collins a record fourth All-Ireland medal.
Collins first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Cork under-21 hurling team in 1970. He made his debut in the provincial semi-final that year, however, he was an unused substitute as Cork later claimed the Munster and All-Ireland crowns.
The following year Collins was still eligible for the under-21 grade. He played in the early stages of the provincial championship but was later dropped from the starting fifteen. He was introduced as a substitute in the subsequent All-Ireland decider against Wexford. A 7-8 to 1-11 victory gave Collins his first All-Ireland medal on the field of play.
Collins made his senior debut in the National Hurling League in 1971. It was a successful campaign for Cork and Collins collected a National Hurling League medal following a narrow 3-14 to 2-14 defeat of Limerick. He later made his championship debut for Cork and made a number of cameo appearances during that year's campaign. A 6-18 to 2-8 thrashing of Clare gave Collins a Munster medal, albeit as an unused sub. The subsequent All-Ireland decider saw Cork face Kilkenny. The Rebels dominated the early exchanges and went eight points clear after a long-range score from wing-back Con Roche in the 17th minute of the second half. Remarkably they didn't didn’t score again. Kilkenny took control with Pat Henderson a key figure at centre-back and Eddie Keher cutting loose up front. They were level after a Frank Cummins goal and went on to win by eight points.
- All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship (4): 1972, 1974, 1979
- Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship (5): 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
- Cork Senior Club Hurling Championship (5): 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
- James Stephens
- All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship (1): 1982
- Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship (1): 1981 (sub)
- Kilkenny Senior Club Hurling Championship (1): 1981 (sub)
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (1): 1972 (sub)
- National Hurling League (1): 1971-72
- All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 1970 (sub), 1971
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 1970 (sub), 1971 (sub)
- Keys, Colm (9 September 2003). "Collins sizes up old rival". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Munster Club Championship Titles". Blackrock GAA website. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- O'Sullivan, Jim (1 September 2010). "Classic All-Ireland SHC finals - 1972: Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 March 2013.