Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
Love them or hate them, it’s hard to ignore the bagpipes. And residents of Galway City won’t be allowed to ignore then next week, with daily piping parades taking place as part of the 10th annual Galway Sessions traditional music festival.
The Galway Sessions, organised by musician Mick Crehan, first began 10 years ago and this year’s event hosts a range of local and visiting musicians, including a group from the Scottish city of Stirling on their second visit to the Galway Sessions.
The Stirling contingent includes pipers from the Royal Scottish Academy. Their parades will start at 2pm on Shop Street, daily from June 13-19, and will feature Highland dancing from champion dancers Narissa Home and Eileen MacRobert.
Venues throughout the city will hold a series of free and paid-in events including an afternoon series of free shows at the King’s Head at 3pm daily.
The first of these, on Monday, June 13, features Graham Wells, Billy Sutton and Dwayne Andrews from Newfoundland. The three play accordion, fiddle and guitar, a combination that’s common to that area.
On Tuesday, June 14, it’s Mary Shannon and Friends and on Wednesday, June 15, Stephie Geremia (fiddle), Maureen Browne (flute), Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh (bodhrán), and Gerry Paul (guitar) take to the stage.
Thursday’s free concert is from Trossach Sounds. The Trossachs, north of Stirling City is one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland and home to a wealth of traditional music, song and dance. On Friday, June 17 it’s the turn of Kerry’s Niamh Ní Charra, singer and multi-instrumentalist who will be joined by Galway’s Paddy Kerr, Dominic Keogh and Johannes Fromseier.
Meanwhile, the Crane Bar on Sea Road will host a series of free ‘super sessions’ starting on Sunday, June 12 at 9pm with a Highland Fling to welcome the musicians from Stirling. On Monday at 9.30pm all are welcome to a Festival Club hosted by the visitors.
On Tuesday, June 14 it’s the turn of John Wynne and John McEvoy on flute and fiddle, both consummate players of the music of the Sligo/Roscommon region. On Wednesday, June 15 at 9.30pm, Kevin Crawford (flute), Mick Conneely (fiddle) and Tony Linnane (fiddle) are the hosts.
Griogair Labhraidh from Glencoe in Scotland – an accomplished bagpiper, uilleann piper and highly regarded Gaelic singer – will be joined on Saturday, June 16 by Síle Denvir of the group Liadán, a noted singer and harpist. That free show is at 6.30pm in the Crane.
The Galway Sessions will host three concerts in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. The first, on June 13, features two exponents of Northern Ireland music, Dermie Diamond and Tara Bingham on fiddle and flute. The Kinlochard Ceilidh Band and the Royal Scottish Academy Pipers will perform there on Wednesday, June 15.
Finally, on Friday, June 17 the Alan Kelly Quartet, featuring Stephie Geremia (flute), Tóla Custy (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar) and Alan on accordion, take to the stage. These concerts are at 8pm and admission is €15.
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.