Date Published: 26-May-2011
Sligo instrumental group Tucan play at Monroes Live venue this Friday night, having recently expanded to a quartet following the addition of two new members.
Originally a duo composed of Donal Gunne and Pearse Feeney, Tucan is now a four-piece outfit with the added fat bass lines and thumping drums of Paul Wherly and Keith Kelly.
Their debut album Aliquot Strings, produced by Kíla’s Lance Hogan, was greeted by critical acclaim both at home and abroad, and the group has gone on to perform with the likes of Alabama 3, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Jose Feliciano.
The album was self-released but climbed to number 29 in the Irish charts, which prompted Pearse Feeney to point out that, if they had sold seven more records, they would have overtaken the Pussycat Dolls.
They also shared a stage with New York based singer/songwriter Regina Spektor and have been regulars at Electric Picnic every year since 2007. Tucan have recorded a series of eight live videos of interpretations of classic dance tracks, as well as a number of their own original tracks, which are set to be released exclusively online through social networking sites, YouTube and iTunes. The videos have been dubbed The Factory Sessions.
The expansion to a four-piece band has added another dimension to the energetic play of the acoustic instrumentalists Gunne and Feeney.
Tucan will perform at Monroes Live venue on Dominick Street at 11.30pm this Friday, May 27.
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.