Is this the Right Road to Knockanore? 1972

Getting directions to Knockanore in County Waterford 1972

Local knowledge. Getting directions to Knockanore in County Waterford.

While out filming with ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’, George Devlin asks a local man in a field for directions to Knockanore, a rural village in County Waterford.

The shortest way is through the fields and this is the route used by the man when he was employed by the government to plant trees in Knockanore. However the fields are now waterlogged and this route is only suitable in the summertime.

The first set of directions given by the man includes a pub as the main point of reference.

You see you’ll keep on now straight on this road and the next house you’ll meet an the right is a pub, but it isn’t a pub now sir.

The pub however is closed due to lack of business. The man suggests they visit the chapel while in Knockanore.

The roads in the area are good as the County Council

Have them all tarred sir.

As the film-crew are travelling by car, the man confirms it will take them less than half an hour to get to Knockanore. Fortunately they are

On the right road if you went around by Tallow it would take you twice as long.

He provides additional directions telling the crew,

You’re on the right road anyway for Knockanore, this is the line sir, straight ahead sir.

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 programme ran for 9 series until 1980.

This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 15 March 1972. The reporter is George Devlin.
Credit to : CR’s Video Vaults

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