Extract from "Good Seed, Fertile Soil". Author J.M.Feheney, page 34

John Collins was born in Glenquin, Killeedy, Co. Limerick, in 1886. His mother died when he was a small child and he was cared for by his cousin, Ms O'Sullivan, at Killinboy, Co. Clare. After completing his primary schooling, he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in 1913 (service number 67092), remaining in the force until 28 December 1917, when he resigned and began to study for the priesthood. After ordination, he went to Bombay (now renamed Mumbai), India, where a British regiment was stationed. He worked for the remainder of his life in Mumbai and died there in 1991, at the age of 105. He was reported as having been awarded the title of Monsignor. (JM.2015)