The official opening of the 'Eyre Square Centre', the west of Ireland's biggest ever shopping centre.

The new Galway city centre shopping centre is the largest urban renewal project of its kind outside Dublin. The centre was designed by Ambrose Kelly architects and consists of 43 shops, 37 houses and parking for 450 cars.

The preservation and opening up of a large section of the medieval city wall, which was previously landlocked in a sea of derelict buildings has been hailed as a major architectural triumph.

Michael D Higgins, TD and Lord Mayor of Galway, comments on how retail and history live side by side in the new shopping complex.

Irish soccer manager, Jack Charlton, who was mobbed by well-wishers, cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony.

The new shopping centre is seen as a major boost for Galway's economic future. Dan McInerney, Managing Director of Hillview Securities, described it as a great vote of confidence in Galway. Jim Sweeney, President of the Galway Chamber of Commerce, says the centre will increase attractiveness of the city offering a greater range of shopping.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 May 1991. The reporter is Jim Fahy.