Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
When programmes that want to create superstars can no longer achieve this ambition, then it is time that these shows be scrapped with a precondition that anything similar can never be allowed on telly again. Some people are mesmerised by them but really they are the lowest form of television imaginable.
We are talking about reality talent shows here – or lack of talent as the case may be – but really they have become a spent force simply because they do not produce top acts or singing stars that have lasted the pace. Okay, many have achieved some notoriety in the immediate aftermath of their success but in the vast majority of cases, it has not lasted.
Last week and over the weekend we were treated to the agony of yet another Britain’s Got Talent onTV3 and ITV which culminated in a chap called McDowall from Scotland winning the competition but don’t let that worry your head because the likelihood is that you will never hear of this chap again and your life will be none the worse, I assure you.
This is kind of an X Factor only that it allows a bit more variety in the acts that perform but in the end they throw up much the same result – a winner who is in our face for a few days and then nobody can ever remember who won the bloody thing 12 months later. Thankfully I think the fascination with these talent shows is dissipating.
This show really should be titled Britain Hasn’t Much Talent But This Is The Best We’ve Got because some of the acts that were whittled down to the last 10 were embarrassing to say the least. Christ, they have nearly 60 million people and all we were left with was someone on keyboards who would have been quite at home in Butlins or some seaside arcade.
There were others with deep and hopefully meaningful voices who didn’t really impress – although one of them won the thing in the end – and there was a dancer from Eastern Europe and an elderly gentleman who couldn’t really sing to save his life. Oh yes, there was a comedian who was so unfunny that you could not even laugh at how bad his jokes were.
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.