Scenes from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, a typical town in Ireland.
Some of the people on the streets include two elderly ladies laughing uncontrollably, a group of cyclists and a photographer, acknowledge the visiting RTÉ camera crew. Others, however, are captured unaware as they go about their daily business.
‘Ballymagash’ was born out of the earlier satirical programme ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ which featured the fictional village. The first episode of ‘Ballymagash’ was broadcast on 10 January 1983; the series was produced by John Keogh and Peter McEvoy and ran for 10 episodes. Similarly to ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’, ‘Ballymagash’ opened with scenes from various villages and towns in Ireland.
Ballymagash was a fictional town that was not too far away from many an Irish town. While presenter Frank Hall and producer John Keogh never specified the exact geographical location of Ballymagash, it was billed in the RTÉ Guide of 7 January as,
A town a few miles from almost anywhere in Ireland.
This episode of ‘Ballymagash’ was broadcast on 21 March 1983.