Scenes from the picturesque market town of Ennistymon in County Clare.
Shot during the summer of 1977, the opening sequence for this episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ features the market town and popular tourist destination of Ennistymon in County Clare. This mute footage focuses on the main street of the town, with its distinctive shop-fronts.
Locals are busy carrying out their daily business. A small boy sells fruit from a roadside stall, a nun crosses the road with two children and men shovel turf from a lorry. Ennistymon cattle mart is in full swing and a lone cow is transported along the street in a trailer.
In the final scene, we see ‘The Falls', where the Cullenagh River rushes over an extensive ridge of rocks and forms a cascade and small rapids.
This episode of ‘Hall's Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 2 November 1977.
Frank Hall’s amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’ which became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.
The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country. Regarded as RTÉ’s flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats.
The show ran for nine series until 1980.