War of the Buttons a tale of a rivalry between children's gangs from two villages was filmed on location in Cork.

The War of the Buttons pemiere was held at the Capital Cineplex in Cork. It was the first Irish film to receive the new parental guidance certificate.

It tells the story of two villages separated by a stretch of water and the rivalry between the children of both whose greatest prize is to cut the buttons off the clothing of opponents.

The film was produced by academy award winning producer David Puttnam. 

All money raised from the premiere will go to local charity the Cope Foundation. Amongst those in attendance was former British prime minister James Callaghan.

Speaking at a news conference to coincide with the launch of the film, David Puttnam warns of the dangers of Ireland becoming a litigious society. This came in light of the fact that the film required a last minute re-edit on the film after one of the parents of the child actors objected to a scene of nudity.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 August 1994. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.