Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
By Denise McNamara
The organisers of the Galway Arts Festival will hope that the fabulous sunshine that marked the launch of the programme bodes well for the weather during the city’s premier event in July.
Chief executive John Crumlish said that the 250 shows in 25 venues over 14 days would generate income of up to €20m for the city.
He paid tribute to the sponsors – among them the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Absolut Vodka and new leadership partner NUI Galway – which he said continued their support even in these hard times.
The festival was getting into producing more of its own work and was starting to collaborate with stakeholders to produce projects that would help the Galway Arts Festival develop culture as a flagship for the country.
The highlight of the event is undoubtedly the return of Hollywood star Cillian Murphy to the stage in the first collaboration with playwright Enda Walsh since their hugely successful piece Disco Pigs 15 years ago.
Artistic director Paul Fahy said the festival had been working with the Landmark Theatre Company for two years on the one-man show, called Misterman, which will feature an original score by composer Donnacha Dennehy.
He also singled out the major exhibition by Hughie O’Donoghue, called The Road, in which one work alone is made up of 60 individual panels.
“Arts should be a podium for our dreaming,” he remarked.
Other highlights includes the comic play, Love, Love, Love by UK author Mike Bartlett, the acrobatic extravaganza called Controlled Falling Project by Australian company Thissideup.
The musical bill in the Big Top features Blondie, De La Soul and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Irish double bill of Bell X1 with Duke Special.
According to Gugai in the Róisín, which is staging some of the concerts, the London Snorkelling Team from the UK on the comedy bill, will be one of the big hits of the festival.
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.