Eyes Down and Watch Your Numbers

Newsbeat reporter Cathal O’Shannon visits Castlebar, Co. Mayo, where he meets a priest who runs a bingo hall. This 'Newsbeat' report was broadcast on this day in 1967.

The report examines the changing face of bingo in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. In a shift from commercial bingo with large prizes, the gaming and lotteries act now means that bingo can only be run as a charitable enterprise requiring a licence and prizes of less than £500 a night. This programme raises questions about the moral implications of gambling.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June, 1971.

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