Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
Druid’s cast of travelling players had already put 20,000 miles on the clock to stage the Cripple of Inishmaan on both sides of the Atlantic and other corners of the globe – but nothing compared to the thrill they and their audience enjoyed on Sunday when they brought it all back home.
This time it was the Cripple on Inishmaan, as Martin McDonagh’s critically acclaimed work finally made it to the island of its birth – so to speak – and to top it all for the locals, they were joined by President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin for the matinee production in the local hall.
It was Druid’s eighth visit to the island since they first performed there way back in 1982 – but as this was the first visit by the Cripple cast, it was a special day indeed.
The playwright Martin McDonagh was also on hand himself to take personal pride in the final performances of a production that has been seen and enjoyed by 100,000 since it was first premiered in Galway in 2008.
It also marked the end of a journey that has seen the Druid cast and crew clock up 20,000 miles, 1,800 bed nights and cracked 1,000 eggs – the latter is one of the many outstanding moments in a truly memorable piece of theatre.
It’s all set in 1934 as news arrives to the island of Inishmaan that they’re making a Hollywood film on neighbouring Inishmore and Cripple Billy – a well-read by crippled orphan living with two ‘aunts’ – sees it as his chance of a life away from the mundanity of the island.
But that’s only the beginning because what makes the Cripple a comic masterpiece is the rich tapestry of eccentric island characters and the perfect timing in writing and acting that would grace any stage.
The problem of course might have been that the home stage is the hardest one of all, but that should never have been in doubt because a superb cast held the audience – an equal mix of islanders and visitors – in the palm of their hand from the off.
See full review in 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.