Date Published: 05-May-2011
By Eamonn McLoughlin
Clifden man Fearghus Foyle is planning a road trip with a difference this summer – driving 10,000 miles to Mongolia.
Described as one of world’s last great adventure races, the ‘Mongol Rally’ involves competitors driving across a third of the world through some of the roughest terrain in cars better designed for city use.
Competing under the name ‘Team Terremoto’, the London-based Galwayman will be joined on the trip by John Martin from Carrickmacross and Tralee man Paudie Sugrue.
The team aim to raise €10,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Christina Noble Foundation, hoping to raise €1 for each of the 10,000 miles they will cross.
Though no stranger to remote places and extended travelling, Fearghus jokingly said “We had signed up (to the rally) before we realised what we were getting ourselves into”. Leaving in July, the rally will take Team Terremoto from Ireland through Europe, across deserts, over mountains and onto to the vast Mongolian plains, ending in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
Planning the route along the old Silk Road, the team will pass through countries which the Department of Foreign Affairs recommend are best avoided. Among the many possible dangers they will face are treacherous roads, car jacking, theft and terrorism.
“Our biggest challenge will be Iran and Afghanistan and crossing the high mountain ranges,” said Fearghus, “though I’d be more concerned with breaking down in a remote area than the treat of terrorism.”
Among the precautions the team are taking will be a supply of radios and a GPS system but Fearghus sombrely points out: “There will be no backup, it will be just us three”.
The team hope supporters will be able to track their progress in real time on their website (www.mongolianmadness.com)
The rally team will drive an ’02 Nissan Almera 1.3, which Fearghus modestly described as “not ideally suited for the trip, though that’s part of the challenge”.
While none of the team are mechanics, Fearghus feels “Pretty confident we can do it in that car”, adding: “John is a plumber!”
As part of their fundraising efforts the team are organising a golf competition at the Connemara Golf Club in Ballyconneely this Saturday from 11am to 3pm, and entry for each team of four is €200.
Fearghus described the response as “Pretty good, we have 15-20 teams so far. Hopefully we will reach 30 teams, which will raise €6,000 for the charities”.
Kate White, Fundraising Director of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research said: “Every cent raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help make a difference to the lives of patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
Among the other fundraising efforts will be a ‘Battle of the Bands’, table quizzes, and raffles held around the country and in London.
To book a place in the golf competition, call the golf club on 095 23502
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.