The people of Borris-In-Ossory in County Laois are the stars of this opening sequence to 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
As the people of Borris-In-Ossory go about their daily business they wave for the camera. The Laois village with its water pump and telephone box also has St Mark's Church of Ireland church with its round tower style bell tower and a commemoration plaque to the visit of Ted Kennedy in 1964 outside a local pub.
This episode of 'Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 20 February 1980.
Once a week, from June to September, the ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ film crew would arrive at a town or village in any county in Ireland. They would film the people and the place and return to RTÉ where the footage was edited and put to music.
This short film of around one minute’s duration formed part of the opening sequence for that week’s episode. No one knew which location had been chosen, and it was not advertised as part of the programme billings in the RTÉ Guide or newspapers.
So with this in mind, people the length and breadth of the country tuned in religiously, in case it was the turn of their town or village to have its few minutes of fame.