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More from the done-to-death candid camera genre

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 21-Mar-2011

Forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought we had gone away from the whole era of candid camera and the likes. This was because they had been done to death and they no longer became funny. No matter who is presenting them or who is the victim, they are just painful to look at simply because their novelty no longer exists.

Back in the black and white days of Murphy’s Golden Movies on RTE, they were mildly humorous simply because this sort of stuff had not been done on our national station before and most of us did not have the luxury of the British channels at the time.

Basically the whole purpose of them is to set people up by presenting them with a set of circumstances which would either frustrate or infuriate them and the more they reacted, the bigger the kick the audience would get out of this form of junk television.

Along came the late Jeremy Beadle and he got quite a number of years out of the candid camera capers but the novelty wore off that as well – but it seems that RTE have not really copped onto the fact that this type of television is just horrendous to watch.

But still we are stuck with a few episodes of Anonymous on RTE 1 which involves half well known people being given a plastic face that looks plausible enough and a wig and are sent out into the world to try and make fools of people. In some parts of RTÉ, this is described as satire . . . more like satdire if you ask me.

Last week we were treated to Gráinne Seoige in a face mask pretending to be a pajamas saleswoman while being prompted on an earpiece by that terribly unfunny comedian Jason Byrne and to say that this was a shocking excuse for television would not be a true reflection of how bad it actually was.

RTÉ are going to extreme lengths to humanise Gráinne Seoige by having her smile on a few more programmes and she even broke into laughter on this one but it was still not enough to revive it. It was as if someone came up with the idea to change the appearance of a celebrity but then did not really know what to do with them.

At one point she went into a photographers in Dalkey claiming to have made a booking. The woman in the photographers knew nothing about this and that is where the clip ended. Byrne was bursting his arse laughing at this as he watched via a hidden camera but there was no sense or reason to any of this.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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