The Offaly village of Clonbullogue and its people are the stars of the opening sequence for 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly'.

In the village of Clonbullogue, people go about their business, painting, gardening, and ringing the church bell. Others collect water from the village pump, children play with ponies on the village green, a man reads the Offaly Topic newspaper. People young and old wave to the camera.

Children at Play in Clonbullogue, County Offaly (1978)
Children at Play in Clonbullogue, County Offaly (1978)

Once a week from June to September, the ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ 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. As it was not advertised as part of the programme billings in the RTÉ Guide or newspapers, people watched in the hope it was the turn of their town or village to have its moment of fame.

This episode of 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' was broadcast on 31 May 1978.