Ballinamore and its people are the stars of the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
A laid back atmosphere prevails in the County Leitrim town of Ballinamore (in Irish Béal An Átha Móir). Plenty of time for people to stop for a chat on the main street, outside shops, and while out driving.
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, 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 4 May 1977.