Longford town and its people are the stars of the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

The 'Hall’s Pictorial Weekly' film crew capture life in the town of Longford.

Longford Town (1977)
Longford Town (1977)

Featured with the people of Longford going about their daily business is Saint Mel's Cathedral.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 11 May 1977.

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.