Date Published: 18-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama may be staying clear of the west of Ireland during their State visits but tourism chiefs are confident Galway City and County will profit hugely from the expected boost the ‘Queen and Obama’ tourism effect will bring.
The United States and the United Kingdom are by far Ireland’s largest tourism markets and a substantial boost in bookings is expected to arise from the visits – and a rising tide of tourism numbers will lift all counties, including Galway, not just those that are the focus of the State visits, according to Fáilte Ireland West.
The spotlight of the world is shining on Ireland this week and next with more than 1,200 journalists accredited to cover the historic visit to the Republic of the Queen, the first in 100 years of a reigning British Monarch; and the ‘flying visit’ of President Obama.
More than 300 reporters from British news organisations, including in print, radio, TV and online media, are in Ireland this week to cover the Queen’s visit; as well as CNN and Russian, Chinese and European media outlets, many of whom, particularly the American networks and newspapers, will remain on to cover President Obama’s trip.
Despite an intensive lobbying campaign to entice Mr Obama to follow in the footsteps of President John F. Kennedy who visited Galway City and addressed Eyre Square, neither the US President or Queen Elizabeth will come to Galway.
And while places like Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Kildare and Offaly will receive maximum exposure, Fáilte Ireland West says Galway’s tourism industries will be provided with a “huge boost” as a result of the exposure. “There will be a big knock-on effect for everyone, including Galway,” said Fiona Monaghan of Fáilte Ireland West.
“Money couldn’t buy the exposure Ireland will get from the visits and Fáilte Ireland couldn’t afford to pay for the media exposure we are going to get in our top two tourist markets. These are huge opportunities, and it’s hard to quantify the return in visitor numbers that will result – it will be very big,” she said.
Galway is certainly not losing out, she said, because many of the hundreds of reporters who are here for the visits will have extended trips, courtesy of Fáilte Ireland and they will be visiting Galway City and Connemara in particular. This will lead to exposure in media outlets throughout the world in travel articles and reviews.
All media outlets are briefed on the assets of Galway and the west during their stay and the cultural and natural beauty of the county has been emphasised. CNN, for example, is broadcasting Mr Obama’s visit live and this will be interspersed with three-minute TV clips promoting Ireland and Galway City and Connemara are prominent in these.
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.