The residents of the mining village of Bilboa in County Carlow are incensed about their inadequate water supply.

In 1952 Carlow County Council installed a water pump in the village of Bilboa. The exterior of the pump is well maintained by the council, but it has never supplied water to the village.

You’d get blood out of a stone quicker than you’d get water out of the Bilboa pump.

When the pump does work the water is unusable. It is discoloured and while the locals are assured the water is pure, they say it tastes bad. The water cannot be used for washing, laundry or even making tea. 

One man who works in the coalmines has to carry water home so that he can wash himself after his shift. Everyone in the village is used to carrying two buckets of water from another well back to Bilboa.

Another man says that even his pony refuses to drink the water drawn from the pump.

He’d prefer death before he’d drink the water.

A woman points out that many rural communities in Ireland have access to water schemes.

We shouldn’t have to go back to a pump, even if it has good water.

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.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 12 February 1975. The presenter is Frank Hall.