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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.