The people of Shinrone in County Offaly are the stars of this opening sequence to 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
It is a damp day in Shinrone (in Irish 'Suí an Róin'), but there is plenty of activity with children coming home from school and the men from the P&T (Department of Posts and Telegraphs) carrying out maintenance for the village's telephone system.
Some recent rainy weather adds to an afternoon’s play for younger residents of the village at the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) grounds, and repairs are required for the milkman’s trailer, which has a flat tyre.
This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 12 March 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. But 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.