The now octogenarians who shouldered arms almost seventy years previously in the war of independence form a guard of honour at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin.

On 19 June 1986, the Board of Trustees handed over the upkeep and running of the Gaol, now a museum, into State care under the Office of Public Works. In practical terms, it now means that the museum can extend its opening hours and avail of extra state funding.

TD Avril Doyle addressed those in attendance at the ceremony saying

The State will maintain the Gaol in perpetuity for the Irish nation as an historical museum in recognition of the unique contribution of the trustees, the voluntary workers and guides, and all those who contributed in any way to the project.

One veteran of the war of independence Vinnie Byrne spoke to reporter Nick Coffey and reflects on those who lost their lives.

An RTÉ News reports on 19 June 1986. The reporter is Nick Coffey.