Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
Irish music legends the Fureys & Davey Arthur, will be making their second concert appearance in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Saturday, July 16.
The band are best known for their string of hits including When you were Sweet Sixteen, The Green Fields of France, Red Rose Café, The Old Man, Steal Away, Her Father didn’t like Me Anyway, Clare to Here and Leaving Nancy.
They credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well-known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to get involved from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house constantly.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George and Paul Furey and Davey Arthur were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. Meanwhile, Eddie and Finbar Furey, who were on tour in Germany, were in a road accident. When George, Paul and Davey got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the Fureys and Davey Arthur.
Inevitably changes have occurred over 30 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996. However George, Eddie and Davey Arthur have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have been releasing a new CD every year.
Eddie, who is the oldest of the Furey brothers left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland becoming part of that city’s great folk revival. He met and shared accommodation with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 with Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem on their USA and Canada tour. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years with Finbar, building up a huge following particularly in Germany. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie as teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.
Their music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and their admirers have ranged from the neighbours they grew up with in Ballyfermot to top sports people and politicians. They have performed for former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul II. Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys’ version of The Green Fields of France.
Catch them at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Saturday, July 16.
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.