Date Published: 03-May-2011
THOSE who might believe that every festival in this country is effectively a ‘beer festival’ had their eyes opened in Salthill at the weekend when the Oslo hosted ‘Brewers on the Bay’.
Independent brewing companies from all over the country were represented at the Salthill venue for Galway’s only festival which is dedicated to the art of brewing.
Ales and lagers, including Galway’s own Bay Brewery and Galway Hooker, were showcased to visitors to the premises who were able to view how beer is brewed in the Oslo itself at first hand.
It was just one of three festivals to take place in Galway over the May Bank Holiday, as the promenade in Salthill hosted the ‘An Tostal’ festival for the first time since the late 1950s.
The festival, which showcases the best in Irish coastal traditions and culture, featured currach and Galway Hooker races along the coast in Salthill on Saturday and Sunday, with hundreds of spectators watching from the promenade.
Members of the winning currach team from 1955 performed the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday and a fundraising dance for the RNLI took place at the Galway Bay Hotel on Sunday night.
The city centre also played host to the first ‘Coors Light Live at the Latin Quarter’ at the weekend, featuring a variety of free performances from artists such as Cathy Davey, Jape, Donal Dineen, and Converse Allstars in 19 venues.
After the success of the city’s three festivals over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a new event is set to be added to the city’s calendar next month when the first Galway Bike Festival takes place from June 18 to 26.
The festival, which is part of national bike week, is set to take place in a city outside Dublin for the first time with music, fun, games, and lots of bicycles.
Part of the programme of events will include a ‘Family Friendly Mass Cycle’ from Eyre Square to Salthill and back on Saturday, June 18.
Other events will include a teachers’ cycling competition, a ‘critical mass’ cycle through the streets of the city, children’s races in aid of Crumlin Children’sHospital, a treasure hunt, and a ‘Wild West Tour’ of Connemara.
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.