Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Over 3,000 students across the county and city are today facing into the second day of the Leaving Certificate after kicking off proceedings with a particularly topical English paper as well as home economics yesterday.
In total 6,363 are taking papers in the Leaving Cert, Applied Leaving Cert and the Junior Cert – 3,157, 112 and 3,094 respectively.
According to figures obtained from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) there are 129 more boys taking the exam in the county this year, while there are 74 more sitting the Junior Cert.
The numbers are down slightly on last year, when 78 more sat the
Leaving Cert, 26 more sat the Applied Leaving and 77 more sat the Junior Cert.
Students at the co-educational Coláiste Einde in Salthill were overwhelming happy with the first English paper.
The higher level paper featured extracts from Let The Great World Spin, the novel by Colm McCann, and a letter about cats by Irish Times foreign correspondent Lara Marlowe.
English teacher Brian Fahy said the essays would have suited students who are good writers and who had prepared well.
“There was great choice. Students are so well travelled these days, it was very topical. It was a fair paper. The ordinary level essays gave them plenty of chance to express their ideas and their own dreams of what they might do in the future,” he mused.
The ordinary level paper had a theme of travel and discovery and featured extracts on the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, travelling in Afghanistan and even the cult TV series Star Trek.
See full story and more photos in this week’s Connacht Tribune
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.