The people and town of Dungarvan in Waterford star in the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

It is a busy afternoon at the harbour town of Dungarvan (Dún Garbhán in Irish) County Waterford. People go about their business and a car requires a push start. Some young people enjoy a lift on the back of a trailer and locals are happy to say hello to the camera. Parcel post is being delivered and dogs seem to be the preferred choice of pets in this friendly town in the sunny south east.

Business premises in Dungarvan (1976)
Business premises in Dungarvan (1976)

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.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 29 April 1976.