4,000 extras were on the set of the new Michael Collins film to take part in a crowd scene where Éamon de Valera gives a speech outside the GPO in Dublin.
The specially constructed set which included a replica of Dublin's O'Connell Street was built on the grounds of the old Grangegorman Hospital, where filming took place. Arriving by the bus load, the extras provided their services free-of-charge.
Gareth O'Connor speaks to some of the extras about their motivations for taking part. Co-producer Redmond Morris and roducer Stephen Woolley commend the enthusiasm of the extras and comment on the number of film productions currently going on in Ireland.
Gareth O'Connor also asks some of the younger extras what they know about Michael Collins, which proves to be not a lot.
'Michael Collins', which was written and directed by Neil Jordan, was released the following year in 1996. The film starred Liam Neeson as Michael Collins with supporting roles played by Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, and Brendan Gleeson amongst others.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 August 1995.