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GROUPS ASSEMBLE FOR CITY AND COUNTY PARADES

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Date Published: 17-Mar-2012

Hundreds of local community, business and voluntary groups are preparing to assemble across the city and county for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The first of many parades kicks off in Galway city later this morning [Mar 17] at a new start time of 11.30, following talks with city centre businesses.

To the county now and festivities begin at St Patrick’s Monastery in Esker in Athenry where the feast of the monastery’s patron will be celebrated with a celtic mass involving Irish music and dance at 11am.

This will be followed by a parade at 11.45 from the train station in the town with over 20-30 groups.

The next of the county parade’s get underway in Dunmore at 12.30 and in Abbeyknockmoy at 12.30 outside Mannion’s Bar with over 30 floats and groups assembling at Treacy’s carpark.

Gort natives now living abroad will get a chance to view the town parade which will be broadcast by organisers live online- It gets underway at 12.45 from Church Street.

Headford parade participants will also take to the streets at 12.45 from the GAA pitch through Bridge Street, on to the Square and finishing on High Street.

"Keeping it local" is the theme for this year’s parade in Loughrea which begins at 1 this afternoon from Station Road.

In Glenamaddy, the parade gets underway at 1 with participants gathering at the Community Centre beforehand.

Portumna holds its parade at 1 from the mart at Dominick Street while the Clifden and Oughterard parades also have a 1pm lunchtime start.

Moycullen will launch its inaugural parade this year at 2pm with 60 floats setting out from Morans Hardware.

25 groups will take to the streets for the Tuam parade which also gets underway at 2pm.

One of the final parades of the day takes in Roundstone – it gets underway at 2.30.

It’s followed by Oranmore where 40 floats will take part in the "Summer of Sport" themed event at 3.30pm.

In Ballinasloe, the St Patrick’s Day parade takes place tomorrow Sunday at 2pm when groups will compete in a variety of categories including cultural, voluntary, sport and commerce.

 

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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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