The commemoration of Béal na Bláth in Cork will be broadcast live on RTE for the first time

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The centenary commemoration of the assassination of Revolutionary War leader Michael Collins in Béal na Bláth will be broadcast on RTÉ TV this weekend, a representative of the volunteer committee organizing the event has confirmed.

peaking at CapGarret Kelleher said the organizing committee for the event, which this year will feature speeches by An Taoiseach, Mícheál Martin and Fine Gael and Tánaiste leader Leo Varadkar, had decided to hire an outside broadcasting company to provide the national broadcaster with a reliable source. live broadcast of the commemoration which RTÉ will then broadcast live on its RTÉ News Now channel.

“We are expecting a very large crowd as it is the centenary event,” said Mr Kelleher who said the Fianna Fáil leader and his Fine Gael counterpart had been asked to speak as part of the wish of the Committee to Heal the Civil War Division.

Those wishing to attend the event, which begins at 3 p.m., are encouraged to arrive early. The committee is working with the Kilmurry GAA club to run a Park and Ride service from Crookstown, which is approximately 4.5km from the Glannarouge West site.

Park and Ride buses will drop off attendees in the village of Béal na Bláth, giving them a 1km walk to the event site. There will be a limited shuttle service for those who are infirm or have other medical conditions to bring them to the site.

Further parking will be available in adjoining fields provided by local farmers for those traveling from West Cork. These parking facilities will be only a few hundred meters from the site and a shuttle service will be available for those who may have medical needs and wish to attend.

This year Cork County Council has received support from three government departments to complete a major refurbishment of the Béal na Bláth site and work is continuing to put the finishing touches on it ahead of the sunday.

“It will be finished and ready in due course,” Mr. Kelleher said. “We are delighted that such a huge investment has been made in the site to make it more accessible to tourists and visitors.”

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