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Award-winning documentary ‘The Pipe’ now for sale on DVD

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Date Published: 16-Jun-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

An emotional documentary which chronicles how a West of Ireland community was torn apart by the Corrib gas pipeline is available for purchase from this weekend when DVD copies of The Pipe go on sale in shops throughout Ireland.

The feature length documentary, shot over four years by Galway-based film maker Richie O’Donnell, has won a number of awards at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic since its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer.

O’Donnell has just completed a distribution deal for both Ireland and Britain, with the result that DVD copies of the film will be available in shops such as Tesco and HMV from this weekend.

“It is an emotional film which people seem to want to have and I would imagine it will transfer well onto DVD,” said O’Donnell this week.

He has been amazed by the standing ovations the film has received in cities such as Toronto, London, and Boston. In the US, the film is seen to be hugely topical following the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

“People in the United States, the UK, or Germany just seem to ‘get it’. I guess they feel it could be about a community anywhere, dealing with a massive development which is backed by a Government which sides with the developer,” said O’Donnell.

“Energy also seems to be a huge story now, from the Gulf oil spill to the threat of disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. People are acutely aware of how much the price of oil has gone up at the pumps. Here in Ireland, people are becoming more aware of the massive resources we have off the west coast.”

O’Donnell, a news cameraman for TG4, spent four years filming the lives of the ordinary people of Broadhaven Bay who became embroiled in a dispute with Shell over the controversial gas pipeline.

As the local residents fought to retain their way of life, O’Donnell realised that he was filming something special and received funding from both TG4 and the Irish Film Board to complete his first feature length documentary.

“Both TG4 and the Irish Film Board showed great trust in me, as I had never made a film before,” he told The Connacht Tribune. “I think we are very lucky to have both organisations here in Galway. They never tried to interfere with the editorial slant of the film.”

A number of international gongs have followed the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Documentary which The Pipe picked up in Dublin in February and O’Donnell felt that producing a DVD of the film was the next logical step after screenings throughout Europe and the United States.

"I didn’t set out to make a full-length film in the first place, as I was just working as a news cameraman and living on my uncle’s farm, which overlooks Broadhaven Bay. It happened almost organically,” said O’Donnell.

DVD copies of the film are available at a cost of €14.99 in branches of Tesco and HMV nationwide from this Friday (June 17). Copies can also be purchased online from the film’s

official website, www.thepipethefilm.com

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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