Date Published: 05-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Galway is positioning itself to ‘cash-in’ on the 2012 Olympic Games in London by luring participating country’s to set-up their pre-Games base here, as well as attracting to the city the ‘overspill’ of tourists visiting the English capital before and after the event.
The Galway City Tribune has learned that the Chilean Olympic team are currently considering using Galway as a pre-Olympics’ base for training and acclimatization before the Games begin in August next year. ‘Feelers’ about setting up camp in Galway City, which is a short hop to London and has a similar climate, have also been sent out to other countries including Brazil and Kenya.
The drive to attract Olympic teams to Galway is being spearheaded by Glenlo Abbey Hotel’s general manager Brian Burke, who heads a sub-committee of Galway Chamber, which was established in early 2010 with a view to boosting tourist numbers.
The Chamber’s sub-committee produced a document outlining the advantages to teams of locating in Galway and this was distributed to a dozen or more foreign ambassadors and embassy staff of participating countries.
Chile was the first country to ‘bite’ and this week the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Galway Chamber that the Chilean Olympics team are considering using Galway as a pre-Olympics base for training and acclimatization.
The Chilean Ambassador to Ireland has asked for further information in relation to the proposals that its national team would spend the weeks prior to the Games in Galway.
“It’s still early days but we’ve managed to put Galway on the agenda and on the radar of participating countries,” said CEO of Galway Chamber Michael Coyle, who is optimistic about getting a positive response from the Chilean team and others.
Mr Coyle said the sports facilities at the NUI Galway campus at Dangan, would be ideal for smaller participating teams – it has the Kingfisher gym, synthetic running track, international hockey pitches, basketball courts as well as ample space for meeting rooms and buildings for indoor pursuits such as gymnastics. Accommodation close to the facilities at Corrib Village could also be offered.
For more on this story, see the Galway City 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.