4,000 people are on the set of the Michael Collins film for a crowd scene where Éamon de Valera gives a speech outside the GPO in Dublin.

The specially constructed set which included a replica of O'Connell Street in Dublin was built on the grounds of the old Grangegorman Hospital. Arriving by the busload, the extras provided their services free of charge.

Some of the extras talk about their motivations for taking part. Co-producer Redmond Morris and producer Stephen Woolley commend the enthusiasm of the extras and comment on the number of film productions currently going on in Ireland.

Some of the younger extras know little about Michael Collins.

'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. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.