Lovely film showing the wonders of Ireland - great scenic shots and local characters. c. 1962
Reel 2. Extreme C/U of a coloured beach ball which is then thrown away from the camera. Reveals a quintessential beach scene - group of young people throwing the ball to each other. C/U from low angle of a girl smiling and throwing the ball to a friend. She catches it and throws it to another girl who runs into the sea to retrieve it, two of the girls are in swimsuits. She falls over in the sea and the waves break over her. M/S of a couple skipping hand in hand through a grassy sand dune with a view of a cove behind them. She is wearing a groovy fringed bikini. L/S of the couple underneath the "wishing arch" - large natural stone archway. C/U of the couple - she has her hand on the arch, he looks at her lovingly. "You put your hand on the rock and wish that this holiday could last forever." One of the girls stands in the sea and splashes a group of small children. L/S of a beach scene. Lots of children on the beach and parasols. C/U of children building sand castles with flowers stuck in the top. C/U of a dog (Labrador?) lying on the sand with a rubber ring around its neck - cute! Children ride donkeys past the camera along the beach. Donaghadee - the harbour.
Two children play in the foreground. Small lighthouse and boats in the background. Closer view of the fishing boats with two couples walking down harbour steps in front of the boats. Various shots of sailing boats including C/U of couple sailing a dinghy and a father and son sailing. Rousing music on the soundtrack. M/S of a sailing boat in harbour during the sunset. A man water skiing at sunset, friends on the shore wave to him, he waves back. Various shots of waves breaking on the shore as the sun goes down. Shots of a beautiful old house at night. M/S of "Ballygale Castle Candlelight Inn." Pan down to elderly couple walking down stone steps to the "dungeon bar." Interior of the bar - very dressed up well-to-do couples sit and sip cocktails. Man stands at the bar wearing a kilt as the barman shakes a cocktail. C/U of a sign for "The Chimney Corner." Interior of the restaurant - a couple are shown to their table. Couples move around a small dance floor in the restaurant. Waiter in white coat fills a woman's glass with champagne. The couples are all very smartly dressed. C/U of glass being filled with champagne.
C/U of pint of Guinness being poured. C/U of tray of pints. The tray is carried over to a door which the barman opens. In the snug we find a group of elderly men wearing caps. One of the men tells a joke about a pigeon. They take their pints and hand the barman some money. Camera pans up to show the bar of the pub. "A Belfast pub is a place of laughter and legendary reminiscences." says the narrator. C/U of man sitting at the bar talking to a barman who is drying a glass. C/U of an ornate sign which comprises letters of the alphabet presumably relating to each of the snugs. A small bell rings and something moves inside the sign to indicate more beer is required. C/U of the men seen earlier - the joke continues.
Belfast's Smithfield market. A stall holder shows a young boy a white dove. The boy strokes it. L/S of the pet stall. M/S of a young boy showing an older man a guitar. Organ in the foreground. "Here where the old order is so topsy-turvy that a teenager can sell a middle aged bus man a guitar." C/U of the two as the man examines the guitar. Various shots of the market including hardware stall, book stall - C/U of man reading "The Bible Story", C/U of two young boys pointing to a goldfish in a bowl - good shots. High angle L/S of Belfast street - tram and a bus pass in front of the camera. A young woman and her beau approach a flower stall. Woman picks a bunch of flowers. Views of landmarks and streets of Belfast. Green hills of Ulster in the distance. Travelling shot of busy Belfast street. C/U of shop window display of Irish linen from the inside of the shop. C/U of a couple looking into the window and smiling.
L/S of the Lord Mayor, Alderman and Councillors processing through Belfast. C/Us of the men and of crowds watching them. Large ornate gates are opened. Stormont - seat of Irish Government seen from the gates as a car moves down the long drive. C/U of the building. L/S of country lane with magical mountains of Mourne. Our red Triumph Herald slows down as a shepherd and his flock block his way. The shepherd leans through the car window to give the driver directions. He smiles and waves.
Montage of Irish views: hills of heather, palm trees by the side of a lake, farmer and his dog walking in a field, man cutting grass with a hand held tool, he wipes his brow, L/S of woman feeding chickens in front of a pretty cottage, elderly man lighting a pipe, group of people riding horses through the countryside, two men looking out to sea in a garden, a boat at sunset etc.
Credits: Produced for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board with the co-operation of the British Travel Association. Script - Douglas Warth. Photography - Martin Rolfe. Music - Edwin Astley. Associate Producer - Lionel Hoare. Produced by - Terry Ashwood. Directed by - Eric Fullilove. Sound - George Newberry. Dubbing Editor - Kenneth Nunn. Film Editing - Sidney Stone and Ronald Glenister.
Note: beautifully shot film with lots of great 60s images, and quintessential Irish shots.