Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
The Joe Heaney Commemorative Festival of Traditional Singing and Music will take place in Carna from April 29–May 1. This annual event, celebrates the life and musical achievements of the legendary singer who died in Seattle, USA, and is buried in his native parish.
This year is a special celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the festival, which has grown from strength to strength over the years.
Pride of place at the festival is given to sean-nós, and traditional singing in any other language, but instrumental music and dancing are also catered for.
Some of the main events in this year’s programme include two book launches. They are Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song-Man by Dr Lillis Ó Laoire and Dr Sean Williams; and An Chearc Fhraoigh, which is comprised of musical compositions by Carna flute player and maker Marcus Hernon. There is also the launch of the long awaited solo album from North Kerry box player Danny O’Mahony.
Throughout the weekend there will be sean-nós dancing and singing workshops and instrumental workshops (all free of charge).
Events also include a visit to Joe Heaney’s grave, a presentation of Norway’s musical traditions with Hardanger fiddle player Torgeir Straand and traditional singer Arnfinn Staurheim.
There will be a children’s singing competition, where the Joe Heaney Perpetual Cup will be presented; as well as a piping and lilting recital with artists from Ireland and Scotland such as Mick O’Brien, Seán McKiernan, Fiachra O’Regan and Allan McDonald, and of course a céilí and set dancing.
An exhibition of photographs and material celebrating 25 years of the festival will also be held at Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim throughout the weekend.
A highlight of the festival every year is the traditional concert and this event will take place in Carna Bay Hotel on Saturday, April 30 at 7.30pm. A host of artists will take part including Mairí Smith, Allan McDonald and Griogair Labhruidh (from Scotland), Danny O’Mahony, Patsy Broderick, Mick Mulkerrins, Liz and Yvonne Kane, Róisín Nic Dhonncha, Bairbre De Búrca, Ciarán Somers, David Power, Pádraic Ó Flatharta, Rosie Stewart, Nell Ní Chróinín, Cormac Begley, Emma O’Sullivan and hardanger fiddle player Torgeir Straand. Tickets are €20 and are available in advance from Carna Bay Hotel (095) 32255.
Marcus and PJ Hernon and family will provide music for dancing throughout the weekend, accompanied by superb singer, Don Stiffe and there will be plenty of informal singing and music sessions in Carna village during the festival.
The festival’s official opening will take place at Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim on Friday, April 29 at 7.30pm.
For more information check www.joeheaney.org
Tickets and information on accommodation are available from Micheál Ó Cuaig at (095) 33599 / (087) 2569651, or email@example.com, and from Áine Ní Chuaig: (086) 3778055, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.