Exact Dead Centre of Ireland

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Where exactly is the centre of Ireland? An amusing report looks at the claims of a number of locations.

  • Title
    Dead Centre of Ireland
  • 1st Broadcast
    29/09/1971
  • Contributor
    Frank Hall (Reporter)
    George Devlin (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:41
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Hall's Pictorial Weekly
  • Clip title
    Exact Dead Centre of Ireland
  • Extended description

    In a report from the first programme of the series 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' Frank Hall examines the claims of a number of locations that they are the exact centre of Ireland. He visits Killair and Tubberclair in County Westmeath and Birr in County Offaly and listens to evidence presented by local men James Molloy and Paddy Mulleady for the right to be called the centre of Ireland.

    Reporter George Devlin takes a scientific approach and claims that the centre of Ireland is in Carnagh East in Roscommon.

  • Information

    Frank Hall's amusing and satirical series began in 1971 with the full title 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator'. It became known as 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'. The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in lives of viewers throughout the country.

    Writing in the RTÉ Guide Hall said, "Ideally, it seems to me, the form and content of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' should be impossible to forecast until the last possible moment. It should be as varied and as absorbing as life itself."

    This report from the first programme, broadcast 29 September 1971 tries to establish where exactly is the centre of Ireland.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Geography, Myths, Killair, Tubberclair, County Westmeath, Birr, County Offaly, Carnagh East, County Roscommon, James Molloy, Paddy Mulleady, Frank Hall, George Devlin, 1970s
  • Geographical coverage
    Killair, Tubberclair, Westmeath, Birr, Offaly, Carnagh East, Roscommon, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1971
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P326/00072
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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