Date Published: 10-May-2011
If you dropped in from outer space into an Irish living room on a weekday afternoon and you tuned into the national television station to get a fix on what floats this land’s boat, you’d be mistaken to think it was in fact Little Britain.
Because it’s full of programmes about people like Pru and Monty building their massive new homes in the shires or chavs called Debs or Shirley having their toilets and work surfaces dissected by an abominable woman called Aggie.
Welcome to the world of the repeat, otherwise known as RTE’s afternoon schedule and a phenomenon normally lost on those of us lucky enough to be gainfully employed.
These aren’t just repeats; they come from the dark ages of repeat programming – otherwise known as a time when Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud had hair.
Of course TV3 is no better although they have the very legitimate excuse that they are not in receipt of taxpayers’ money. And even then they at least go to the bother of making their own version of daytime chat shows, with Ireland AM, the Mid-Morning Show and Midday.
Last Thursday for example Midday had Philomena Lynott on as a guest as they discussed adoption from the perspective of both the mother – natural and adoptive – and the child.
Now there’s very little of Philomena’s story left to tell – certainly not since she took to the chat show circuit to promote her book on her son Phil – but presenter Elaine Crowley steered her away from the Thin Lizzy frontman and onto more stories about the other two children she also gave up for adoption.
She talked of the appalling abuse she was subjected to after giving birth to a black baby – her own term – because even in the convent for unmarried mothers there was a hierarchy when it came to degrees of shame.
She talked of meeting with her other birth son and daughter in later life and enjoying a fulfilling relationship with them both – and that was far more fascinating than another story about Philo.
But then TV3 goes for the Oprah Winfrey Show or Come Dine With Me or the Jeremy Kyle Show or some rubbish that was bad enough first time round without subjecting a trapped viewership to it all over again.
RTE has its own afternoon magazine stuff too with the truly mind-numbing Daily Show leaving you without the will to live long before Maura Derrane even comes on to rescue the whole thing.
But they seem to have a bottomless pit of old British TV tat to dust off every hour, with Grand Designs – already available to fans all day long on Home if you have Sky or every evening on E4 if you don’t – How Clean is Your Home, Doctors or Aussie soaps like Neighbours or Shortland Street.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.