Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta and Denise McNamara
Galway could become Ireland’s answer to Hollywood thanks to a new partnership which opens up the city and environs to the film industry.
Yesterday, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan officially launched the initiative at the Galway City Museum where he described Galway as the second largest audiovisual region outside Dublin.
The new collective of organisations essential for access to infrastructure, facilities and personnel as well as overcoming red tape are coming together to entice more filmmakers to Galway, an industry which last year conservatively generated €20m locally.
The Film Galway Partnership is being spearheaded by the Galway Film Centre and aims to “encourage, support and facilitate” more film and television productions, such as The Guards, starring Brendan Gleeson, which was shot in Connemara, city centre and Salthill.
Much of the €5.2m budget for the acclaimed film which is to be released in July was spent on local crews and services during the eight-week shoot, Declan Gibbons, manager of the Galway Film Centre points out.
The overall goal of the new initiative is to send out the message that “Galway is open for business” when it comes to the film industry.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for producers to get access to locations because there are logistics that need to be overcome,” explained Declan.
“A lot of different counties are starting to be active in this area and we felt there were quite a lot of films shot recently that could have been shot here. We have the locations, the infrastructure, the crews. The key to attracting companies to the west is to have a good relationship with Irish production companies.”
International filmmakers who wish to avail of the section 48 tax break must have an Irish co-producer. This partnership will help put them in touch with the Galway companies.
A recent Price Waterhouse Coopers report on the sector states that Galway is second to Dublin when it comes to the two main audiovisual clusters in the country.
There are up to 20 production companies based in Galway, many of them in the Gaeltacht, which is around 10% of the total number of companies in the State.
For more on this story, see the Galway City 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.