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Hero of Tom Crean returns

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Date Published: 05-May-2011

The creator and performer of the hit show Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer, Aidan Dooley is back. The Galway man is returning to his native city with the Irish touring premiere of his one-man show O’Sullivan Beara – the last Gaelic Chieftain.

The play, which will be at the Town Hall Theatre from Tuesday, next, May 10 to Saturday, May 14, tells the epic story of Cork’s O’Sullivan Beara, a Gaelic chieftain who refused to surrender to the English army at the turn of the 17th century, becoming the the last rebel to stand against the Crown after the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.

By using Irish myths, an original score and brilliant storytelling, Aidan dramatises how this heroic leader of the people of Beara tried valiantly to save his clan against the onslaught of the angry Tudor queen, Elizabeth, who was intent on ensuring Ireland would never aid the Spanish army in its campaign against England again. In doing so she destroyed the last embers of Gaelic rule in Ireland.

The Sunday Independent theatre critic Emer Kelly described the show as “pretty much irresistible”, saying that “as an author, Dooley’s heart is on his sleeve; as an actor it is used with craft and skill”. The Irish Examiner described the play as “unmissable”.

Aidan who is based in London, trained at Guilford School of Acting and appeared on West End stages with shows such as Philadelphia; Here I Come! Elegies for Angels, and Da. He also toured widely in the UK with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company. He first performed Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer ten years ago at Siamsa Tire, Tralee for Tom Crean’s family. That was followed by a run at the The New York International Fringe Festival, where it won Best Solo Show.

Aidan has also been nominated for awards at The Dublin Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Elliot Norton Critics Award Boston and in 2006 won a prestigious Fringe First at Edinburgh. He has worked for many years developing various performance pieces and historical characters for the National Museums in the UK.

Booking for O’Sullivan Beara – the last Gaelic Chieftain is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie

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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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