Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
Replacing a chat show with another chat show during the summer months is probably the cheapest option available to RTÉ but the least palatable from a viewer’s perspective – simply because Miriam O’Callaghan is soooo boring and her guests are equally less interesting.
It really is a case of Miriam here, there and everywhere at the moment. Apart from her Prime Time gig, she pops up on a Saturday morning with rather tedious and overly long interviews and then does much the same that night in her Saturday Night With Miriam slot which is all rather pointless.
Her guests are weak, her interviewing technique revolves around asking them relatively innocuous questions and it is not surprising that after her guests leave, you are left wondering what did they have to say during their 20 minute appearance. It is completely forgettable.
But even the setting looks awkward. There are three couches; she sits uncomfortably on one of them continually fixing her frock while her guests try to wrestle with the rather large arms of another couch while the third invariably is redundant. It looks an extremely cluttered place.
Anyway, her first guests were two Irish rugby players. Enter Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney and for a long while I was wondering what exactly was the purpose of them being there. Maybe it was to compare accents, I don’t know.
Gosh, the lads spoke really well without saying anything apart from recalling some high jinks a while back when they decorated someone’s car and they both laughed as they recalled these cutting edge antics. Miriam laughed as well, so it must have been humorous.
Oh yes, they spent a few days with children in third world countries and had pictures of themselves for effect. They spoke of the plight of these children as if it was something that we hadn’t heard of before but at least we hope that the kids in these countries appreciated their visits and are still probably wondering who the hell they were.
This was roughly followed by an interview with the comedian Pat Shortt who just kept laughing for the sake of laughing. I ended up laughing for the simple reason that he was laughing when there was nothing to laugh at. Miriam was laughing away as well but only to appease her guest who was still laughing as he left the studio. But this was no laughing matter.
In fact it would make you cry the fact that RTÉ has to resort to such innocuous rubbish in order to fill an hour of a Saturday night. But it is obviously cheap and harmless and sure doesn’t everyone love Miriam. I take back every bad thing I ever said about Brendan O’Connor . . . well, almost.
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.