The town of Gort and its people are the stars of the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
The people of Gort go about their daily business. On a sunny day, a farmer takes his cattle through the south Galway town. Another man tips his hat and poses for the camera, children cycle by while others take a well earned rest.
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 18 May 1977.