Date Published: 30-May-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
The Philippines’ Ambassador to Ireland expressed an interest in bringing his country’s boxing team to Galway for acclimatisation training ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in London during a visit to the city on Friday.
Ambassador Ariel Y Abadilla was said to be impressed by an information pack given to him by a delegation from the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry which highlighted the city’s advantages as a pre-Olympics base for national teams.
Mr Abadilla acknowledged the advantages of using Galway as a base, due to the city’s sports facilities and proximity to London, for athletes who will need to acclimatise after making a long journey for next summer’s games.
He met up with Carmel Brennan and Maeve Joyce of the Chamber during a day-long visit to the city which included meetings with the City Manager, Joe O’Neill, and Mayor Michael Crowe, and visits to the Claddagh National School and the Marine Institute in Oranmore.
“We have a committee in the Chamber which is tasked with having a look at the whole Olympics scenario and how Galway could benefit from it,” said Ms Joyce yesterday.
“We have sent an information pack to every embassy in Ireland, but we made a special presentation to the Philippines Ambassador to mark the occasion of his visit. He said he was very impressed by the sports facilities on offer here, but said that his main focus would be on the boxing team.”
Other countries have already expressed an interest in Galway, particularly due to the water sports facilities here, with the Chilean team considering the city for a pre-Olympics base and ‘feelers’ having been sent out to other countries including Brazil and Kenya.
Mr Abadilla’s Galway visit was organised by City Councillor Niall McNelis (Labour).“He told me that the Olympic team would need to acclimatise after such a long flight before the Olympics and said that we were the first city in Ireland to suggest being used as a base next year,” said Cllr McNelis.
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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.