The town of Clane and some of its people are the stars of this opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

The town of Clane (Claonadh in Irish meaning barony) is located on the River Liffey 22 miles from Dublin.

The footage shows people going about their daily business, a man on horseback, and views of the town.

Clane, County Kildare (1973)
Clane, County Kildare (1973)

This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' broadcast on 31 March 1973.

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.