The end of the World Cup is nigh - time to celebrate

The end of the World Cup is nigh - Marie Louise is celebrating
Marie Louise McConville

Is it over yet?

Is it safe to turn the tv back on again?

I don't know about anybody else (perhaps I'm the only one) but I simply can not wait until the World Cup is over.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-football but I am opposed to it playing havoc with my viewing schedule.

The thing is, I don't actually get to see that much tv but what I do get to catch has been affected by Russia 2018 - and I'm not happy.

You see we don't have SKY in our house or any fancy additions such as Netflix so we are pretty limited in terms of what we can watch.

What we do have is Freeview, the basic one which doesn't allow us to record or pause or rewind or anything so, if we want to see a show, we have no choice but to watch it then and there unless there is a plus one service.

And up until four weeks ago, when the World Cup started, it was all working fine.

However, since June 14, my tv viewing has been a shambles.

My regular trips to the cobbles have become unpredictable, my visits to the Dales have all but been cancelled and don't even get me started on The Square - I barely remember what it looks like.

And that's not the worst.

On one occasion Love Island - which is on a completely different channel - was put back by an hour because some match on another channel went to a penalty shoot-out - ridiculous.

And even when it's a night when no football is on, I still can't avoid so called World Cup fever because I'm forced to watch a continuous run of tv adverts all linked to the World Cup - shampoo, groceries, fizzy drinks and male grooming.

Even when I'm out at the supermarket I can't avoid football because nearly every grocery item I buy is advertising the World Cup.

Don't get me wrong, I have tried to get into it but it just feels like I watching paint dry.

That said, the end is now on the horizon - thank goodness.

By the end of tomorrow it will all be over and I really don't care where that cup ends up.

Finally tv will get fun again and if we're really lucky Christmas adverts will soon be gracing our screen.

Now, that's what I call exciting viewing.


Great news from tv land this week - Love Island is to run for another five years.

The news comes after it was revealed the ITV2 show has continually scored record breaking ratings figures.

And, is it any wonder with the amount of break-ups, make-ups and hilarious challenges that have been going on?

It's hardly surprising some of the more dramatic episodes have been watched by a whopping 3.7 million viewers.

Looking to the future, ITV2 boss, Angela Jain said it is a show which will "evolve, live and breathe".

Hear hear. The future looks sunny thanks to Love Island.



With Summer in full swing, how do you fancy winning tickets to a brand new music festival in Co Fermanagh?

The Shoreline Music Fest is taking place in Enniskillen next month and has a top line-up of guests sure to attract thousands of music lovers.

The inaugural Shoreline Music Fest will take centre stage in the grounds of the Stuart's car park on the Sligo Road from Friday, August 3 until Sunday, August 5.

The opening night will feature performances by internationally acclaimed rapper Tinchy Stryder and R+B star, Sean Kingston while Indie pop rock band, Scouting For Girls will take to the stage on the Saturday night.

The final evening, on Sunday, August 5, will see King of Country, Nathan Carter take to the stage alongside fellow country star, Lisa McHugh.

Tickets for the event are available from local outlets or online at

I have three pairs of tickets for the final night of Shoreline Music Fest, featuring Nathan Carter and Lisa McHugh, to give away.

If you fancy winning a pair of tickets, simply email your name, address and telephone number – along with the answer to the question below – to

Closing date for entries is 12Noon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

(Q) In which Northern Ireland town is the Shoreline Music Fest taking place?

Normal Irish News Rules Apply

The winners of the Dergfest competition are Mary Palmer, from Newtownards, Kevin Maguire, from Trillick, and Deirdre Goan, from Omagh

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