Lovely film showing the wonders of Ireland - great scenic shots and local characters.
Reel 1. Travelogue made by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Spoken by John Glen. Small motorised boat pulls into an Irish harbour at sunset. C/U of a road sign with Spelga Dam, Kilkeel, Hilltown, Newry, Newcastle, Bryansford, Rostrevor pointed to in different directions. The camera follows a dog which runs along a road which stretches into the distance. A man rides a horse and cart following a group of people and a small herd of cows. High angle shot of two women riding bikes in shorts and brightly coloured sweaters. Road signs read Templepatrick and Antrim. They stop and look at the sign. C/U of herd of sheep and shepherd with beautiful countryside in the background. View from inside a car as it drives through rolling hills. Car driver stops to ask directions - the car is a red Triumph Herald Estate. A friendly Ulster man leans through the window of the car and describes a route to the driver - he has a very strong accent. Moving shot of a road which passes through beautiful countryside of the Antrim coast. M/S of woman pruning a hedge.
High angle shot of a couple walking along a path by the coast. Closer shot of the couple as they walk away from the camera towards a row of houses. They hold hands. High angle LS of the car driving along the coast then stopping at the edge of the water. M/S of farmer moving clumps of straw with a pitchfork. High angle L/S of the same farmer repeating the action. L/S of a church by a river, small boy rows a boat and two teenage boys watch from the riverbank. C/U of a fisherman mending his nets. Marketplace - strange looking man in a top hat winds a piece of string around his arm as he speaks to the crowd. The "old Loomis (?) fair" at Bally (?) Castle. High angle shot of the stalls - bustling with people. M/S of children gathered around a toy stall, mother carries a child in her arms past the camera in the foreground - the child is blowing bubbles. It seems to be a cross between a market and a funfair. Hoopla stall - hoops are held very close to the camera then thrown away from it towards the prizes - as if thrown by the cameraman. Lots of children crowded around the stall. A man buys a horse from another - M/S of them slapping hands on the deal. Money is exchanged - horse in background. M/S of farmers inspecting sheep in a pen. C/U of the men leaning into the pen and slapping hands on a deal. C/U of face of sheep.
C/U of man playing a fiddle in the open air as young teenagers perform traditional Irish dancing. Low angle shots of two of the couples dancing. M/S of the violinist - ruins in the background with people sitting in the grass. C/Us of the skirts of the girls as they dance past the camera. L/S of the dancers - people sit on the grass and watch. Panning shot of Fermanagh (sp?) - Ulster's Lakeland. Pan ends on a church. High angle shot of a lake - a small rowing boat travels across, red flowers in the foreground. Pleasure boat travels past Devenish Island. High angle shot of the tourists on the pleasure boat looking out at the view. Travelling shot past the island showing the ruined monastery. It is the meeting place of the Lakeland's fairy folk (!) A young girl and two middle aged women seen in M/S looking towards the island. They all smile broadly in their nice orange pullovers. M/S of tourists on the island looking at the ruins. The captain of the pleasure boats takes three people around the ruins. Pretty L/S of a man fishing from a small boat for trout.
Red speedboat zooms along a lake. C/U of the skipper - who wears an appropriate cap then C/U of his two lady passengers sitting at the stern chatting. M/S of the boat as it passes. Shot of the wake. C/U of a bubbling brook. Tilt up to show man fly fishing in waders and in the distance, two children throwing a ball to each other. High angle shot of the man fishing to show his picturesque location. C/U of the fisherman from low angle as he reels in a fish. C/U of his hand as it works the reel. M/S of a mother laying out a picnic by the stream and the two children playing "catch." C/U of face and then hands of fisherman. M/S of him as he lands a trout. L/Ss of blue sports car travelling down a country lane - children play a skipping game. "No traffic jams anywhere in Northern Ireland... and always a warm and a helpful word when you ask the way." M/S of blue sports car stopping - children approach. The couple in the open topped car (she in a head scarf, he in a fetching red bobble hat) receive directions from one of the children. L/S of a church. L/S of three young people walking by the side of the river, they stop and the girl takes a photograph. Landscape.
C/U of the open boot of a car packed with sports equipment - tennis racket, golf clubs, fishing rod, beach ball etc. Man takes out the golf clubs and shuts boot of the Triumph Herald Estate seen earlier. M/S of two men walking off pulling their golf club bags behind them in a scenic location. Various shots of men taking swings at golf balls. Various shots of young people playing tennis with mountains in the background. C/U of motorcyclist putting goggles on. High angle L/S of the Ulster Grand Prix track - many spectators in the foreground. Riders zoom past. Various C/Us of motorcycle racers approaching the camera and passing it. C/U of the wheels of a horse drawn carriage - "a jaunting car." Pan up to show the driver and passengers. L/S of them travelling down a country lane. They are passed by someone on a moped. C/U of a stone cross and a sculpture of Saint Patrick. View of a mountain through the branches of a tree. Zoom in to a traditional Irish beauty feeding some geese in the countryside. She speaks to camera with a strong Irish accent about the fact that Saint Patrick worked on Slemish Mountain. She says with fervour: "...and if you walk through our lovely country in his footsteps, you'll end up wishing from your heart at a wishing well." C/U of the water of a wishing well and exterior building of a wishing well at Struell near Southwell (?) where he founded the church. C/U of his statue on the heights over Strangford Loch. Pan across beautiful green fields. County Down. Downpatrick. Various picturesque landscapes. Church at Southwell (?) Armagh - various views.
Shots of the Catholic and the Protestant Cathedral. L/S of the statue on the hilltop with a wooden cross in the foreground. C/Us of the Saint's burial stone. Holy wishing well - visitors tie a wish by ribbons to a "fairy bush". "Nobody in Ulster will ever let you forget that this is the land of magic where there really are fairies up to their impish tricks." L/S of a tractor being driven close to small haystacks. Tractor stops by a tree. A young good looking farmer on a tractor speaks to camera: "Of course there are fairies, that's why we'll plough around this fairy thorn or we'd be asking for trouble..." He tells of someone who cut a bough from the bush and how sheep died because of the bad luck.
C/U of gnarled roots and boughs of trees. Small waterfall with twisted bark in foreground. C/U babbling brook. C/Us of leaves. C/Us of stonework - follies (?), archways, ruins, standing stones, plants, waterfall, waves crashing. Giant's Causeway. Bagpipes play as the camera pans around ruins at sunset. L/S of ruined castle on a hillside. Marching bagpipe band play as they march in front of a castle. Crows watch. Carrickfergus Castle - L/S of exterior and M/S of the cannons within the castle grounds. C/U of a cannon facing out to sea. C/U of man playing bagpipes - first his face and then his hands. Low angle shot of the marching band. C/U of a middle aged woman and five children sitting on rocks and listening to the band. M/S of the band - pan up to the castle. Man in antiquated military garb speaks to camera about the siege of Londonderry and about the cannon called "Rolling Meg" which helped in the defence of the city. Painting depicting the siege. C/U of hands lifting cannon shot from the ground and handing it to someone else. Cannon is fired. C/U of bare feet running on cobbles. C/U of nose of cannon. C/U of wheel.
Various shots of cannons including good C/U of the end with smoke coming out. C/U of a motif in a shield which seems to be mounted on a wall. The motif features a cross, a dagger and a hand with the palm towards the viewer. High angle shot of Londonderry. L/S of the cathedral. C/U of cathedral gates. High angle shot of a marching band in a city street. High angle shot of the band marching towards an archway - children in the foreground wave flags - Union Jacks. Low angle shot of a sculpture with flags flying around it - unidentified. Marching band with some young members march underneath the banner of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. Good C/U of the banner. Zoom in to the painting of the siege of Londonderry. Shot of a cannon being fired - C/U of smoke pouring out. Fireworks let off in the night sky. A shamrock made of green fireworks. A rocket revolving around a star shape. Multicoloured explosions.
Continued - reel 2 is on tape *PM1327*.