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Worst quiz show in the world is on RTE 1

Declan Tierney

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TV Watch with Declan Tierney

In the history of quiz shows, game shows or any other shows for that matter, there is no doubt in the world which has been the very worst. In fact it is so cringe-inducing that not even TG4 would dare to show it – and believe me, they have put on some terrible quiz shows in their time.

But the outrageous standard of Winning Streak should be the subject of a public inquiry. This is equally as serious as the whistleblowers controversy in that it is the source of massive injustices to the public at large.

There should really be a standards in public broadcasting commission established to seriously look at the quality of programming that is out there and particularly when it comes to this show that would be dumped after one session if anyone decided to put something similar on any of the British channels.

For decades we have tolerated this crap without any question. The format has not changed, the silly games still similar to what was there years ago and even the contestants don’t seem to have changed either.

What are we looking at? The female contestants are invariably roundy women who are either up to their neck in the ICA or singing the praises of bingo. They have 12 kids who are in the audience waving silly banners and screaming like lunatics.

The male contestants are mainly retired people who don’t need the money or bachelor farmers who also don’t need the money. There are occasions when a young lad under the age of 50 gets an opportunity to participate in this stupidity.

After watching an enthralling rugby match between Leinster and Munster on Saturday evening, I happened to switch over to this rubbish to witness the fact that this whole mess has not evolved since the days of Mike Murphy. It is probably the most scandalous way to give away a quarter of a million euro.

I was watching participants being asked to choose numbers on a board, behind which there are sums of money. They then turn around to the audience asking for advice as if they have some insider knowledge of what lies behind these doors. How ridiculous is that.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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