Date Published: 25-May-2011
A twelve year old schoolgirl from Ballinasloe shed an incredible three feet of her beautiful red hair last week – to help make life a little better for children with cancer.
Valerie Ward from Creagh, who is a pupil of Newtown School, had her hair cut for the very first time in her life, for charity by Samuel Radnai at MOHH, Athlone last week.
She donated three feet – or a yard – of her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation who make wigs for children who suffer from hair loss through illness, chemotheraphy or trauma.
The Rapunzel Foundation is the brainchild of hairdressers Anna Furlong from New Ross and Maeve O’Healy Harte from Athlone, who are rolling out the charity nationwide.
In order to participate, all you have to do is grow your hair to at least twelve inches and then have it cut.
For those who register as a hair donor, Rapunzel-
registered salons will cut their hair in to a new style, free of charge and give them guidance on keeping their new style looking its best at home.
But as is takes between five and 25 ponytails to make one wig, there is always a waiting list for children’s wigs.
The ponytails are sent to New Zealand where they will eventually be made into wigs for children – and these wigs will then be returned to Ireland to help the children who need them most.
See full story in 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.