Date Published: 06-Apr-2011
When the gardaí announce a bank holiday crackdown on drink driving or speeding, there’s a train of thought that suggests this conversely implies there’s a more relaxed approach to checkpoints on ordinary weekends – when of course nothing could be further from the truth.
But the same debate could relate to Mother’s Day – or for that matter Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day – as though there’s only one day in the year when you have to be nice to them. And a bunch of flowers or a bottle of bad after shave allowed you to behave like a moron for the others 364 days of the year.
Of course – with the obvious exception of a garda drink driving clampdown – these are entirely artificial concoctions designed to further the sale of cards and flowers. And we’re eejits for falling into the trap.
You pay the price of a small house for a bunch of roses on February 14 when the same bunch is available for a fraction of that in the forecourt of your average petrol station two days later.
You can buy a three foot card for your mother than tells her you love her and treasure her in a language you wouldn’t use if you were delusional or on heavy drugs, when it reality a cup of tea in bed or a go of the remote control for the telly would have a greater impact.
The only cards that are saved in our house are the ones drawn by little hands and featuring stick insect parents in green crayon – not the all-singing versions that look like they could take on a life of their own.
Flowers are something that miraculously grow in the garden; they are not to be purchased and brought home because, if you were seen coming up the road with a bouquet of roses, you might as well go the whole hog and tattoo ‘guilty’ in big black letters on your forehead.
Meals out should be eaten because you’re hungry or spontaneous – not because Mr Hallmark decided that last Sunday was the day you should dine with your mother, implying that she should be thrilled to have one day off a year from the cooker.
We all get sentimental at different times in our lives and make promises that we’d never have ever dreamed of in the cold light of day.
When our eldest was born, for example – and he now looks forward to revelations about his young life in this column every week, in the way that turkeys look forward to Christmas – I distinctly remember promising to never fight with my exhausted wife again.
And in fairness I think we’ve only had one disagreement since – trouble is, it has lasted 13 years.
But we’re all vulnerable when the ads suggest that this would be the perfect time to show your mother or father you love them by buying a huge card which you must then post to them for the price of a small country’s GDP even though you still only live down the road.
We must stand firm and refuse to conform; we can buy cards or flowers or chocolates any other day we want to during the year. We can eat dinner until we burst, and we can pop champagne like we were Seanie Fitzpatrick – just not on the day that we’re told to.
You should love your spouse, parents, children or dog every day of the year in the same way that, if you take a chance on drinking and driving, you should anticipate meeting a garda around every corner at any hour of any day or night.
So forget these concocted celebrations that are little more than marketing opportunities to flog greeting cards – because when it comes to showing how much you care, one day should never be enough.
For more, read 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.