Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
The Irish Theatre Forum, the organisation that represents people who work in theatre and performing arts in Ireland, is holding its annual conference in Galway this week.
Over 300 delegates from across the theatre, dance and opera world attend the annual conference at NUIG – the first time the gathering has ever been held in Galway.
It marks the final event for the Forum’s chairman Fergal McGrath – formerly of Druid Theatre and the Galway Arts Festival – who is stepping down after three years in the post.
During that time, the Forum helped establish the National Campaign for the Arts, which saw the organisation develop into a serious lobbying group as it fought the McCarthy Report (Bord Snip) recommendations for arts funding to be drastically cut. Such cuts would have led to the abolition of the Film Board, Culture Ireland and even cabinet representation for the arts, according to Fergal McGrath.
So the organisation has to celebrate at its Galway gathering but there’s no room for complacency with several severe budgets on the way.
Among those taking part in the Theatre Forum conference, which is entitled On with the Show is Ireland’s cultural ambassador Gabriel Byrne, who will be in conversation with the Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Róise Goan this Friday, June 10.
On With the Show will explore the role of the artist in society, theatre and sustainability and Ireland and the world. Speakers from Spain, USA, the UK and Ireland will debate issues including Theatre and Climate Change, The New Relationship between Theatre and the Media and Cultural Tourism.
One of Broadway’s most prolific and entrepreneurial producers, Ken Davenport, will address the conference, equality expert Niall Crowley will provoke delegates with his challenge that the Celtic Tiger has damaged Ireland’s creative persona, and Dr John Knell will consider how the theatre community should revalue the arts.
There will also be many practical sessions, including guides to the artistic, business and technological issues in digital theatre, international co-producing and how to manage a career in theatre. Other sessions will include lightning talks from members of the Irish theatre community on burning issues.
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.