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A refreshing change from the normal boring early morning lifestyle talk shows
mulhollandman from Ireland
9 October 2006
I am not a big fan of early morning chat shows. I find it quite
difficult to watch people so bright and cheery at 7 o'clock in the
morning. Every smile and sarcastic line that is presented from the
presenters makes me recoil in torment and I really want to hit him or
her over the head with the sledgehammer. It was therefore quite
refreshing to come across Ireland AM on TV3.
I began watching Ireland AM when I was unemployed after graduating. It
became apart of my daily routine to wake at 7 A.M. and watch the entire
three hours it runs for till 10 AM when I would go to the Job Centre in
search of employment. During this period of unemployment I became very
familiar with the lay out of the show and the persona that all the
presenters took on. I also found myself becoming very fond of their
attitudes towards certain topics. Since getting a job I do not have the
time to spare in the morning but I make the point of watching the Best
of Ireland AM at the weekends.
What I have found quite refreshing about this show is that the
producers, presenters & researchers go above and beyond the call of
duty to cover all topics of interest. Their attitudes are that of
genuine encouragement and support for all pieces on the show. The
mainstream interests such as sport and popular entertainment are
naturally covered but with Ireland AM you can also count on the team
presenting quirky and eccentric items that I guarantee will get your
interest. There devotion to health items is particularly impressive.
Health debates have ranged from ingrown toenails to breast cancer
awareness. I find these exposes very interesting as in recent years in
Ireland the focus has been on preventive medicine. Certainly Ireland AM
can accredit themselves to this because they also answer peoples
worries about health problems with professional experts invited to talk
about illness symptoms and routes to diagnosis's and hopefully cures.
The presenters are great. They do not come across as stuck up middle
class idiots but they are the kind of people you would enjoy a pint in
their company. However it did take me along time to warm to Mark
Cagney. I found his method of interviewing sometimes very irritating.
His technique mainly consists of asking an interviewee a question and
then answering his own question with his own opinion. This at times is
very annoying. We know the man is very intelligent but his constant
need to prove it every morning becomes tiresome. But I will admit he is
brilliant at his job and he has many years experience in the media
industry. What's more amazing is that his enthusiasm has never waned
and he is very spirited especially when it comes to criticizing
Irelands prejudiced attitude to all things that are different. He was
accompanied by the stunningly beautiful Maura Derrane up until recently
but she resigned and now he his accompanied by the equally beautiful
Sinead Desmond. In the wings to help with the shows mammoth amount of
topics is the ever happy Alan Hughes.
A great effort from TV3 to brighten up Irelands morning TV schedule and
I hope it continues on for a long time to come. No major faults from
me. It ticks all the boxes for me that are required for me to
thoroughly enjoy a show. It has something for everyone and is really
worth the watch on cold winter mornings. 8 out of 10.
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