The Irish Army participate for the first time in a civilian commemoration of the anniversary of the death of Michael Collins.
In the centenary year of his birth, the annual ceremony honouring the revolutionary leader and Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State Michael Collins takes place at at Béal na Bláth in west Cork. It was here that Collins was killed in ambush on 22 August 1922.
For the first time since the monument was erected at the site in 1923, the Irish Army participate in the civilian ceremonies. Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Battalion from Collins Barracks in Cork are present. Also in attendance at the ceremony are 12 members of the old Irish Republican Army (IRA) and Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes.
The oration at the commemoration is given to the large gathering by the author and journalist Tim Pat Coogan who is writing a book on Michael Collins. He says up until now Civil war bitterness has prevented the full Collins story being told and he refers to a recent article in 'The Irish Times' suggesting the 1916 Rising caused partition as historical illiteracy.
Tim Pat Coogan says Michael Collins was not a partitionist and was convinced there should be a 32 county Republic of Ireland. He felt the Treaty was not full independence but a stepping stone towards it.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 August 1990. The reporter is Barraí Mescall.