Thurles and the people of the Tipperary town star in this opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

The opening sequence for this episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly’ features the historical town of Thurles in County Tipperary, the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

It is a wet day, but Thurles town centre is teeming with activity. Many people are going about their business on foot or by bicycle. Less fortunate are the three men who have to push a Ford Fiesta along the road.

This footage includes a shot of a plaque outside Hayes' Hotel on Liberty Square. This plaque, erected in 1934 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the GAA at the hotel.

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 1 April 1976.