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Connemara pony registrations drop by half

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of foals born to Connemara ponies has dropped as much as 50 per cent in recent years.
However, the drop is seen as benefitting the Connemara pony business which has been hit by falling prices since the economy went into decline.
Connemara pony week is underway in Clifden with the best of the breed on display over the next three days.
500 ponies have been booked in for the sales on Saturday and Sunday – with buyers expected from Holland, Sweden, France, Britain and Ireland.
It is highly unlikely that the prices will reach anything like they were ten and twelve years ago – except for the very best animals.
The Connemara pony became something of a status symbol when the Tiger economy was booming – prices rocketed and the number of ponies shot up.
Failing economy’s and a glut of ponies meant that prices slumped in later year, with no sale for some ponies.
Only thirteen hundred Connemara breed foals were blood typed this year – that’s in comparison to 2,800 a decade ago.

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Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.

The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.

There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.

The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.

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Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.

Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.

Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.

While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.

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Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.

It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.

GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.

The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.

Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community:

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