Events mark the centenary of the birth of Michael Collins including the launch of a new biography of the Irish revolutionary.

Michael Collins was born in Woodfield in West Cork in 1890.

The shadow of Michael Collins still lies over the entire island.

The youngest of eight children he was raised on a small holding.  Michael Collins was just six years old when his father, also called Michael, died. On his death bed, his father predicted that Michael would go on to do great things for Ireland. 

Michael Collins was killed in an ambush at Béal na Bláth on 22 August 1922 at the age of 31.

At a launch at Kilmainham Gaol of 'Michael Collins A Biography' by Tim Pat Coogan and the author says that had he lived, Michael Collins would have made Ireland a different place.

If he wasn’t a genius, he certainly had elements of genius.

This week also saw the opening of a memorial centre at Collins’s old homestead in Woodfield which was officially opened by President Patrick Hillery.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 October 1990. The reporter is Colm Connolly.