Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
Albert Niland makes a welcome return to Galway when he plays the Róisín Dubh this Sunday, July 3. Niland, an impeccable guitar player and nuanced singer, is celebrating the released of his new eponymous double album, a collection of 24 songs that take in original material and choice covers of artists Prince, Randy Newman and Bruce Springsteen.
It sees the Mountbellew man let loose in live arena, where he thrives.
“This is something I wanted to do for quite a while . . .put all the songs that I play live, on one collection, in one place,” says Albert. “Songs from all albums, past and present, my favourites, I suppose, you could say.”
It was recorded in Dublin, with the legendary engineer Brian Masterson and according to Albert, they just “set up and on played, just me and the guitar, no overdubs, no fancy footwork, plain and simple”. And he’s happy with the results.
“This is probably my best recording to date, or the one I am personally the most happiest with anyway, because it really captures me and the guitar, like I was six feet in front of you . .. that’s about all I can ask for really, in a recording.
“It’s going to be hard to beat working with Brian, and he really has captured my sound there, so it will take a bit to do the next one.
“So for anyone who ever came up to me after a concert, and asked ‘Is that song you played on this disc..?’, I can now answer yes…!”
Support for Albert comes from Loughrea’s Ultan Conlon. Doors 9pm, tickets €14/€12 members.
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.