Super 8 Stories: The Sixties in Armagh



Armagh, Keady




21 December 2003 (first transmission)


06min 49sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Cahal McSherry, Doubleband Films

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Cathal McSherry recounts his days of growing up, partying and following the showbands in County Armagh with added memories his wife, Marie and band member, Simon Scott. As well as footage of showbands in concert there are scenes of Cathal's family life as he gets married and settles down. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 4 of Super 8 Stories.


Keady man, Cahal McSherry, was working as a nurse in St Luke’s Hospital, Armagh when he was bitten by the movie-making bug. “I was always interested in movies. I had worked part time as a cinema projectionist in Keady and full time at the Ritz Cinema, Armagh before buying myself a Bell & Howell Standard 8mm camera.” Cahal has many memories of showing his friends the results of his filming. “We had lots of laughs in country houses showing the film of a wedding to the local community for a bride and groom’s homecoming.” Nowadays Cahal has his movies transferred digitally and says, “Money could not buy the memories I have when seeing them”.

Shot List

Quick cuts of young men playing around on beach, in streets and in country lanes. Driving in camper vans belonging to various showbands. Showband on stage and shots of crowds dancing. Couple dancing in country road. Couple leaving church and posing for photographs outside. Couples in fancy dress at caravan. Various family shots in garden and by the seaside.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - Sion Kerr, Gregg Bailey; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Graphic - Alan Perry; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Johnathan Fetherstone; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editors - Greg Darby, Henry Wood; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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