Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
A London author has struck it lucky with the publication of his first novel based in Clifden, a town he fell in love with during a one week holiday to Connemara four years ago.
James Mylet from Twickenham works in advertising but has dreamed of having his fictional work published for years. He admits he has had “a few rejections” but next week his first novel Lex hits the shops, published by Quercus, the same publishers of the runaway international success of Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
The book is about a teenager from Clifden who dreams of leaving his home town to become a well known DJ in London, or anywhere but his Connemara home. Lex runs an internet radio station, which he leaves on all day with a long playlist while he attends the local school. He’s a Leaving Cert student, the eldest of three children.
He is also in love with a girl who hardly notices him and Lex thinks her boyfriend doesn’t deserve her.
It is very readable and is a mix of Adrian Mole and Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity because of its wit and innocence.
James, who has no connection with Clifden or even Ireland, hopes that the book will be well received in Ireland and especially Clifden, so he can return there for another visit.
“That week long holiday in the West was eventful. I got inspired with the story for the book and my wife Catherine and I decided to start a family.
“We haven’t been back since – Felix our son is now three and a half so we haven’t gone anywhere much – but I still remember the beauty of Connemara, despite it raining most days."
Read the full interview in 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.