Date Published: 26-May-2011
by Peter Horgan
A Galway milliner following in the footsteps of his famous mentor Philip Treacy is building a growing reputation for himself in the fashion world at home and abroad.
Mark T. Burke has seen his star rise just twelve months after winning the 2010 Golden Egg Productions’ Accessory Designer of the Year. The Loughrea native now operates his own business out of the spare bedroom of his home, but delivers all over Ireland and the UK.
His creative journey kick started in his native Loughrea, when he began working in costumes with Loughrea Youth Theatre a number of years ago and from there moved into working on various musicals around Galway. It was the production of My Fair Lady in Athlone and the Ascots that cemented his love of mhat design.
He interned under Philip Treacy after many “polite calls and emails” and has nothing but respect for his fellow Galwegian. “He’s top of his game. I’m not just saying that because he’s from Galway but there’s no comparison to him at all. Treacy most certainly revived the hat in the 1990’s and brought it back to the catwalk.”
“With the (Celtic) Tiger came the ability to splash out on that perfect outfit for the races, weddings and so on, and accessorize it to the hills! I thought maybe that would all die with the death of the Tiger but people are very much still having hats and headpieces made! The slight difference I have noticed is that many are using them for a few events or having them made to go with two different outfits. It seems there are milliners popping up everywhere these days – perhaps we are going back to the millinery traditions of the early 20th century where there were milliners on each street and every woman had their preferred milliner!”
The Royal Wedding, and the assembled headpieces featured that day, dominated a wide range of news headlines recently. Princess Beatrice’s hat (designed by Mark’s mentor, Philip Treacy) fetched over £80,000 on eBay this week for charity. And the 23 year old has seen some interest spike since the occasion.
For more, read 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.