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Dear Frankie: show featuring agony aunt of the airwaves

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-Apr-2011

Mention two words, Dear Frankie, to anyone aged forty or over in this country and something predictable happens. They start to sing the signature tune to Frankie Byrne’s iconic radio show, The Women’s Page. For over twenty years, Frankie ruled supreme on the airwaves on matters amorous.

Now her life, both on air and off, where she had her fill of personal tragedies, has been brought to life in a new theatrical production from Five Lamps Theatre Company. The result is a show which is a beautiful pen picture of the changes in Irish society over the past forty years. It plays at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from Thursday, April 21, to Saturday, April 23.

In an era without internet, without dedicated self-help book sections in the bookshop, where the Librarian knew your Mother so you couldn’t borrow that book, information was pretty hard to come by. Luckily, there was Frankie Byrne. The play celebrates the eclectic life and times of Ireland’s first radio agony aunt. The various and authentic problems written to her and heard throughout the play offer a fascinating insight into the hang-ups, concerns and sorrows of Ireland in the ’60s and ’70s.

Nuala Hayes plays the title role of Frankie in the show and the cast also features Donagh Deeney and Dorothy Cotter. And of course, like Frankie’s own radio programme, the score features a selection of Frank Sinatra numbers throughout. There is hilarity in the show and moments of deep despair. And always there is empathy, as Frankie reaches out to everyone who comes her way and everyone who starts off their handwritten letter with the words; Dear Frankie…

As a final enticement, there is a special ticket offer of €10 for seniors!

Booking is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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