The people and village of Oughterard in Galway are the stars of the opening sequence for ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.
Oughterard, in Irish Uachtar Ard in Irish, meaning ‘upper high place’, is situated on the Owenriff river near the western side of Lough Corrib in County Galway, and is approximately twenty seven kilometres from Galway city.
The village has many traditional features such as thatched houses and is a popular base for anglers who fish in Lough Corrib.
People go about their business and children play by the riverbank. Cattle are being driven through the streets and the postman is on his rounds.
This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 15 November 1973.
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.