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Billy Roche’s ‘Lay Me Down Softly’ at Town Hall Theatre

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Date Published: 09-Jun-2011

The latest play by one of Ireland’s greatest contemporary playwrights, Billy Roche will be at the city’s Town Hall Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday next, June14-18.

Set in rural Ireland in 1962, Lay Me Down Softly takes the audience into the burlesque world of Delaney’s Travelling Roadshow and its Boxing Booth. The play is based in a world Roche knows well as his grandfather, Jem Roche, was the first Irish boxer to fight a World Heavyweight title bout back in 1908.

Roche invites his audience to step inside the carnival and to experience, close up, the comings and goings of this wayward troupe as this powerful myth unfolds. The staging around the boxing ring allows the audience to become part of this dark and dangerous and colourful story, a mythic tale of love and loss and pain.

Like all Roche plays Lay Me Down Softly captures the bizarre characters of small town Irish life.

The colourful characters include Theo, the charismatic, violent ringmaster and his Carmen-like lover, Lily. Peadar is Theo’s old tried and not-so-trusted sidekick, and Dean is a vain and bragging prize fighter. There is also gentle, handsome, limping Junior and Emer, a wounded waif of a girl who has come in search of her long lost, runaway father.

The action centres on prize fighter Dean who takes on all comers on a nightly basis – until a challenge from a professional fighter upsets the apple-cart.

Lay Me Down Softly was first seen in the Abbey Peacock Theatre in 2008. This brand new production of the stage play had a sell out successful run at the Wexford Art Centre and at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin earlier this year.

The play is also directed by Billy Roche and sees the playwright reunited with Wexford actor Gary Lydon, who has performed in Roche’s major stage productions; The Wexford Trilogy and The Cavalcaders.

The cast also includes Pagan McGrath, Simone Kirby, Lesley McGuire, Anthony Morris, Dermot Murphy and Michael O’Hagan.

Booking is now open at the Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie

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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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