Finding Brigid: The RTÉ Show portrays the saint as a modern self-help guru

Poor Saint Brigid. She was pulled from the grant queue and brought up to the boardroom, seemingly overnight. She has blonde hair now, with carefully modern brows, if her many recent photos are anything at all acceptable. Worst of all, her new business seems to be empowering. She must have wished she had gone back to the job seeker’.

Find Brigid (RTÉ One) is not about Brigid at all. That may be because we are quite lacking in information about historical Brigids (or Brigids). But we also didn’t hear any great legends about Brigid – like how she turned the bark into bacon to feed her nuns.

A lot of the legends about Brigid are about the food: she has honey on the floor and beer everywhere. This probably shows how hungry people were back then — or how fed up with their bad food — but unfortunately, we hear nothing of it.

Find Brigid really about modern Irish women and how we a) worked hard in the past and b) amazing now.

In particular, the opening scene — a breath-taking poem through shots of the sea — is romantic but sounds like a presentation of self-help affirmations. Looks like Brigid, once goddess and saint, is now a lifestyle advisor. Not even Siobhán McSweeney can rescue this one. She has told us at least three times that, in her view, Brigid is an example to all of us. And that in describing Brigid, we are actually describing ourselves.

Brigid’s modern images featured here imply that we, her clients, are all beach-ready, with an endless supply of vibrant lipstick and a bra Good. The strangest thing is that the programmers have traced the international devotion to Brigid none other than Glastonbury in Somerset. Find Brigid never found itself in France, where it was possible to discover Brigid’s contribution to the cultural phenomenon with the most captivating name, Brigitte Bardot.

Still, it’s nice to have a Monday off.

If you want a program that is not afraid of complexity, there is Emily Atack: Requests? (BBC Two). Emily is a lovely young woman who wakes up one morning to find 37 obscene images on her mobile phone.

This is not unusual for her. Once she had a part in excellence insider (She is the beautiful girl Simon has a crush on). She then posed for men’s magazines, presumably in various stages of undressing. Now she’s trying to build a career as a comedian: “I just want to be sexy and funny.”

And she is the dream of many men, many of whom are older than her. “My wife is going to bed around 11 o’clock…” read an often obscene text from a self-signed family man named Daddy Dave. Emily says: “He sends me exactly 100 texts a day.

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She visited a school where a group of teenage girls told her that, for some of them, obscene texting started when they were 11 or 12 years old: “It all started when they were 11 or 12 years old: you have a phone”.


‘I just wanted to be sexy and funny’: Emily Atack. Richard Ansett’s photo

Men who send them harassing messages are “old; over 30,” they said. They also think their school uniform is an aggravating factor. “I feel more vulnerable in my school uniform than anything else,” said one female student. The others nodded. A number of people have reported harassing messages to tech companies — so did Emily — but none of them reported tech companies doing something about it.

This is the daily life of many women and girls. “Malicious texting,” one policewoman called it. Any woman with a public record knows about it. For example, Jaimie Klinger gave her first TV interview after the murder of Sarah Everard, because she started the Reclaim the Streets campaign. That’s when the messages started. Emily said: ‘People say don’t go on social media but that’s like saying don’t walk home.

Madraí is Irish for dog. I think peat was the first program to closely link the Irish language to pets, but now that partnership is all but a matter of fact. Madraí (RTÉ One) is determined to stay away from Dublin – perhaps because of all the dog stains on the sidewalk – and it was a move in the right direction. The three dogs are completely psychotic and you end up feeling grateful that you don’t live next to them let alone in the same house.

ABOVE Madraí we learned that there is no Irish term for “separation anxiety”. We learned that Fred, a German Shepherd cross, was perfectly capable of pulling his owner, Siobhán, off the sidewalk and into traffic. This problem has been solved with what looks like an inductor.

We were told that dogs can be allergic to dust mites (who knew?) and we were prescribed steroids for them. It was Bailey, a bichon girl who had been on steroids for eight years and had always been a bit psychotic.

Steroids have behavioral side effects. Bailey probably has arthritis in one hip and isn’t feeling well. So he was prescribed a course of painkillers and allergy shots. This method is more expensive than Bailey’s previous treatment. But its owner, Trish, is very docile and obedient. She agreed to the additional cost without a single complaint.

Madraí was fine, with a nice vet and a nice animal behaviorist. But it’s too short a program to let you get to know the dogs or the owners. Finding Brigid: The RTÉ Show portrays the saint as a modern self-help guru

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