Bustling Ballinrobe 1978 (Video Clip)

Click here for film clip of Scenes from the town of Ballinrobe in County Mayo. 

Shot in October 1978, the opening sequence for this episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ features the historical town of Ballinrobe in County Mayo.

Locals are busy carrying out their daily business in and around Main Street. Some women share a joke, men chat, a child eats an ice-cream while another goes by on a tricycle. Everyone, including the dogs on the street, look inquisitively at the camera crew filming their town. The final scene ends with a shot of the distinctive weighbridge in the Cornmarket of Ballinrobe.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 1 November 1978.

Frank Hall’s amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’ which became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.

The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country.

Regarded as RTÉ’s flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats.

The show ran for nine series until 1980.

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