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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.