A visit to the Gaeltarra knitting factory in Tourmakeady, county Mayo showing the different stages in the knitwear manufacturing process.

'Scaoil Amach An Bobailín' visits Cniotáil Gaeltarra Teo in Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, an established business in the Mayo Gaeltacht and a good news story in terms of employment and industry in the west of Ireland.  

Sales Manager Tomás Ó Gairbhí tells reporter Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí about the success of the knitting factory.  They produce their sweaters using natural materials, and guarantee a high-quality product, 

Tá na h-earraí déanta in Éireann, in iarthair na hÉireann, agus gur earraí nádúrtha ar fad, agus bunábhar nádúrtha ar fad atá á úsáid againn.  Agus tá scéal Éireannach againn nach bhfuil ag éinne eile, ach amáin daoine eile as Éireann, gan dabht...Le blianta anuas, tá ana-cháil ag earraí Éireannacha anois ó thaobh caighdeán de.

The jumpers are knitted on machines programmed by computers, but hand finished by local workers.  

Sold in almost every town and city in Ireland, and abroad, they range in price from £30 to £80, but can reach up to £100 in places like Tokyo.

Proving that this locally-produced knitwear is popular with all age groups, students from Coláiste Muire Tuar Mhic Éadaigh model a selection of Gaeltarra Cniotáil's sweaters at Tourmakeady Wood waterfall.  

This episode of 'Scaoil Amach an Bobailín' was broadcast on 29 March 1992.  The presenter is Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and the reporter Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí.

‘Scaoil Amach an Bobailín’ was an Irish-language television programme featuring comedy sketches, rock music and debate on social and political issues. 
Loosely translated as ‘Let It All Hang Out’, the programme was designed to be zany, informal and appeal to Irish speakers both inside and outside the Gaeltacht. It was presented by Seán Bán Breathnach and Cynthia Ní Mhurchú. There were also two young reporters, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, who went around the country looking for lively stories.

‘Scaoil Amach an Bobailín’ was first broadcast on 7 October 1990 and ran until 1992.