Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
The Quiet Man could echo again around the streets of Cong this summer if the man best known for playing James Bond can help secure funding for a film that is back on the horizon after years of planning.
‘Connemara Days’ is a love story located on the set of ‘The Quiet Man’ and though Sir Roger Moore has been on board since it was first mooted 2008, the production has been dogged by lack of funding.
The film was originally meant to be shot over two years ago to mark the 60th anniversary of The Quiet Man in Galway and though it is practically fully cast with most of the pre production work already done, filming couldn’t go ahead until finance was in place.
Producer, Chris Patterson of Causeway Pictures Ltd, which are a film company based in Belfast, said this week they were bringing the ‘pitch’ to the Cannes Film Festival to finalise finance.
“We are near enough finalising the finance for it and we should be on the streets of Cong this summer.
“The way the economy was it was difficult for us to secure funding for the project but we are hopeful that we will now be sticking to our schedule which includes a January 2012 release date,” he said.
Other cast members include Irish American actor Aidan Quinn who was in Michael Collins, Legends of the Fall and This is My Father among others, Irish actress Sarah Bolger, star of In America and The Tudors, Geraldine Chaplin and Stacy Keach – or Mike Hammer to fans of the private eye genre from the seventies and eighties.
Sir Roger Moore, better known for his James Bond role and now in his early sixties, will also be Executive Producer. In fact the film is one of Roger Moore’s all time favourites,
The shoot is expected to be about four weeks, the first two in Cong and the other two in Belfast. The film is a romantic comedy about a young woman who falls in love with one of the assistant directors on the crew during the making of The Quiet Man.
See full story 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.