The British peer, and former film producer, David Puttnam has delivered this year's oration at Béal na mBláth to mark the 85th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins.

Lord Puttnam, who lives in West Cork, was invited to give the oration by a member of the Collins' family.

The invitation has upset some Collins' fans but organisers say that at this juncture in our history, the choice of speaker is right.

The Labour peer in the House of Lords is known to be a great Collins fan who in his own way is responsible for bringing the story of Collins and his achievements to a world wide audience.

In 1987 he asked Neil Jordan to write a screenplay that later became the film Michael Collins.