The people and village of Athleague are the stars of this opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.
The village of Athleague (Áth Liag as Gaeilge, meaning 'stony ford' ) is located on the River Suck, approximately ten kilometres outside Roscommon town.
When 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' production crew visit Athleague farmers are going about their business, children are on their way home from school, and one lady has just posted a letter.
This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 15 March 1978.
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.