A Grand Day Out

A Grand Day Out

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Scarva, Tandragee




Production 21/10/1965


11min 33sec


mute, sound



black and white


Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2


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Some of Northern Ireland’s finest artists go on a trip to Scarva and Tandragee. The group are painter William Connor, actor Joe Tomelty, painter Padraic Woods (originally from Newry), artist and broadcaster Jim Ryan (who founded Bloomsday with Brian O’Nolan), Herbie Bell of the Bell linen family, historian Aiken McClelland (later Librarian and Archivist at the Ulster Folk Museum), James Ferns and Jimmy Gracey (who founded Blackstaff Press). Aiken McClelland tells them all about the history of the area. 

This is a fascinating film showing some of our greatest artists picking elderberries, having an ice-cream and learning history. They’re having a great day out. After a few drinks they all sing ‘The Sash’ to the tune of the ‘Soldier’s Song’! 


Joseph Tomelty (5 March 1911 – 7 June 1995) was an Irish actor, playwright, novelist, short-story writer and theatre manager. He worked in film, television, radio and on the stage, starring in Sam Thompson's 1960 play Over the Bridge. 

William Conor OBE RHA PPRUA ROI (1881–1968) was a Belfast-born artist. 

Celebrated for his warm and sympathetic portrayals of working-class life in Ulster, William Conor studied at the Government School of Design in Belfast in the 1890s. Born in the Old Lodge Road area of north Belfast, the son of a wrought-iron worker, his artistic talents were recognized at the early age of ten when a teacher of music, Louis Mantell, noticed the merit of his chalk drawings and arranged for him to attend the College of Art. 


An Ulster Television Production.



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