Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
The formula behind Come Dine With Me which has been a hit on Channel 4 for several years and started on TV3 last week, is simple and makes for great television.
The programme-makers select five people, generally opinionated characters, who think they are excellent amateur cooks and want to win the prize of €1000.
Each person cooks a dinner for the others over five consecutive nights. Each host is scored by the other diners on the basis of food and hospitality, with 10 being the golden number. But of course, personality has a huge part to play in it. If you don’t like someone, you might hold back on a point or two. . .
The characters on TV3 are definitely Irish, but the formula is the same, right down to narrator Dave Lamb, who drily pinpoints the foibles of each contestant and puts the boot in – in a humorous way – at every opportunity.
In last week’s episodes, set in Cork, there was plenty of conflict. The mix of Luisa Costello, Vicki Shorten, Helena Crowley-Hayes, David Roche and Jamie Knoblauch saw plenty of strong personalities, with Helena and Luisa particularly practically bristling when they were around each other.
Luisa is a vegetarian and her fellow contestants created special, meat free dishes for her when they were entertaining. She, however, did not return that compliment. No meat would enter her kitchen. Watching her prepare dinner, this vegetarian knew that her dishes were never going to wow her meat-eating guests. And they didn’t.
That’s why the programme works – this viewer might not have fared any better, but from the comfort of my couch, I knew that butternut squash risotto and ‘pretend’ Parmesan were never going to cut the mustard with carnivores, especially hunting advocate Helena. But the food is only part of it. Each contestant is filmed making their meal and speaks to the camera, explaining why they think they will win. Then the other guests are filmed giving their reactions to the food and hospitality throughout the evening. The host doesn’t know what they are saying, so hasn’t a clue how their food is going down.
The editing process focuses on participants’ eccentricities, catching them out if they appear cocky. Luisa certainly was cocky both about her food and her entertaining where she made all her guests dress in a weird variety of clothes she had in her house. She didn’t win!
Come Dine With Me is a cut above other reality shows because the contestants are voted on by their peers, and not by the viewers at home. It also allows viewers to be grateful they aren’t in the spotlight while all the time giggling at other people’s foibles. Nasty but nice. Watch out for the Galway episodes coming soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.