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CROWDS DOWN SLIGHTLY BUT TOTE BETTING UP AT GALWAY PLATE DAY

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Date Published: 02-Aug-2012

The unseasonal weather didn’t deter too many people at Ballybrit yesterday where the crowd of just over 18 thousand was just a thousand down on last year

The smaller crowd did however spend more on the tote, although it would seem to have been at the cost of the bookmakers

The tote turnover of just over 930 thousand was 90 thousand up on last year while the bookies spend of one point five million was 450 thousand down on Plate Day last year

The new look Galway Plate, sponsored by Tote was won by JP McManus whose horse ‘Bob Lingo’ took the feature race of the day at 16 to 1

The prize was presented to JP’s wife Noreen by the designer NCAD student Matthew Lynch and All Star Galway hurler Joe Canning

Today there will be equal focus on fields and fashion

The feature race the Guinness Galway hurdle is the richest national hunt race to be run in Ireland this year with a prize fund of 260 thousand

euros

The style stakes will be high with a prize fund of 20 thousand euro for the Anthony Ryan’s Ladies Day Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison joins the judging panel

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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