Canvassing at the Church Gates

EXHIBITION : RTÉ COVERAGE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS

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Canvassing the traditional way by addressing mass-goers at the church gates for the general election of 1969.

  • Title
    Canvassing in General Election 1969
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/06/1969
  • Contributor
    Bill O'Herlihy (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:17
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Seven Days
  • Clip title
    Canvassing at the Church Gates
  • Extended description

    During the 1969 general election television began to cover the campaign trail. Candidates had not yet developed television skills and were unsure of how they would appear to viewers.

    The current affairs programme 'Seven Days' went to Kilbeggan where candidates campaigned at church gates and at a religious procession. In this clip, Gerry Le Strange of Fine Gael uses the traditional approach of addressing mass-goers at the church gates.

  • Information

    An extract from the RTÉ current affairs series '7 Days'. '7 Days', for ten years RTÉ television's flagship current affairs programme, began broadcasting on 26 September 1966. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell.

    Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'. The extract shown here is from a programme looking at candidates preparing for the 1969 general election.

  • Local keywords
    General Election 1969, Canvassing, Kilbeggan, Gerry le Strange, Fine Gael, County Westmeath, County Longford
  • Geographical coverage
    Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1969
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P860/00069
  • 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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