A Mayo man has made a fiddle from bits of tin and parts of an old Ford Anglia car.

Frank Hall meets Paddy Moran from Moylaw, County Mayo who has made his own violin from old car parts and tin.

The tone of your violin is soft and very pleasing. It's hard to believe that it used to drive around on four wheels.

Paddy's homemade violin is part Ford Anglia car and part tin can. The bow is made from the hair of a mare's tail as the hair of a horse's tail wasn't suitable. 

I've often heard of Stradivarius but I've never heard of an Anglia fiddle before.

While he may play a homemade fiddle, Paddy has, in fact, had the opportunity to play on the famous Stradivarius violin, which he borrowed from Castlebar man Martin Ruane. 

Paddy entertains Frank Hall with a rendition of 'Dinny O'Brien's Favourite', which he says was learned from listening to the radio.

This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' was broadcast on 11 November 1972. The reporter is Frank Hall

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  RTE'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 9 series until 1980.

In the RTÉ Guide on the week of its first transmission, Frank Hall wrote

The form and content of Hall's Pictorial Weekly should be impossible to forecast until the last moment. It should be as varied and absorbing as life itself.


I have an inexhaustible interest in the lives and times of the people who live in our country towns and villages; no event is too small to capture my attention, no community too out of the way... This programme is intended to be about you, your town, your friends, your local interests. 

(RTE Guide, September 24,
1971, Vol.8, No.9, p.2)