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Galway set dancers to entertain the Queen

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Date Published: 11-May-2011

By Declan Tierney

Eight set dancers from Abbeyknockmoy are to be the toast of the country next week when they display their immense talents for the Queen during her visit to this country next week.

The Abbeyknockmoy Set Dancers, who are trained by Marie Greaney, will perform for Queen Elizabeth in Croke Park on Wednesday and already there is some nervous excitement within the group.

But they are vastly experienced having been together for the past 12 years and have won countless national titles as well as performing for President Mary McAleese last year in Áras an Uachtaráin.

They have performed on RTÉ’s Up For The Match and this year they won Scór na nOg All-Ireland medals and will perform their winning set dance for the Queen.

Marie Greaney explains that it was their achievements and their exposure which earned them the phone call from the organisers of the Queen’s visit and they were only too delighted to oblige.

Marie is an accomplished set dancer herself and is the holder of numerous All-Ireland medals. She is the inspiration behind the very successful set dancing club which was formed over 12 years ago. Her extraordinary drive and determination in mastering the art of set dancing has seen the Abbeyknockmoy Set Dancers eclipse all other similar groups with their creative, exciting and traditional technique.

The dancers who will be performing for the Queen are Matthew Mills, Ryan Wilson, Brian Carthy, Joseph Boyle, Jessica Lally, Katie Mullins, Claire Quinn and Emily Fleming.

Read more in today’s Connacht  Tribune

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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