The people of Hospital in County Limerick are the stars in this opening sequence to Hall's Pictorial Weekly.
Hospital in County Limerick derives its name from the crusading Knights Hospitaller who built a Hospital Church in the town in the thirteenth century. The ruins of the abbey from this period survive beside Saint John the Baptist's Roman Catholic Church on Lower Main Street.
Some of the people in Hospital going about their daily business include schoolchildren, teenagers carrying tennis rackets, a farmer with his tractor, a man fixing a bicycle and a man unloading sacks of potatoes from his lorry.
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 2 April 1975.