A centre dedicated to General Michael Collins opens at a ceremony attended by representatives from all the main political parties.

Marking the centenary of the birth of Michael Collins, a memorial service took place at his family's former home at Woodfield near Clonakilty.

The Michael Collins Centre was officially opened by President Patrick Hillery after honours were paid by troops from the Southern Command.  The event was organised by the Collins family.

The Taoiseach Charles Haughey was not in attendance due to a prior commitment. The Tánaiste  Brian Lenihan represented the Taoiseach and the government.

Thousands of people from across Ireland gathered for the opening of the centre and to pay tribute to Michael Collins. The British Ambassador to Ireland Nicholas Fenn was also a guest.

Former EC Commissioner Peter Sutherland addressed the gathering praising Michael Collins.

Today, we by gathering here assert that it is possible to celebrate the achievements of Michael Collins as a man of his own time who contributed heroically to the establishment of independence, to the foundation of our democracy and the institutions of our State without his memory being seen as a cause of division amongst us.

Peter Sutherland went on to say that those who are carrying out vicious and sordid acts of murder and pointless violence in Northern Ireland must never be allowed to invoke the name or the authority of those who took part in the War of Independence to justify their crimes.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 October 1990. The reporter is Colm Connolly.