On 9 November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. After 28 years East Berliners are now free to travel across the border to West Berlin. For many this is their first time in West Berlin and indeed anywhere outside East Berlin.

The East Berlin Communist party declared that East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission or documentation, at any point along the border.

Maggie O'Kane reports for RTÉ News from Checkpoint Charlie at 3.00am as East Berliners flocked through to West Berlin. 

One West Berliner comments on his memories of people being shot for making the same journey. There are joyful scenes as East and West Berliners meet. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 November 1989.

Berlin Wall (1989)
West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early in the early hours of 11 November 1989