Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
My father, God rest him, was an excellent cook. Widowed early, he had to learn to put a meal on the table for his five children . . . but I don’t think he would take offence at my saying that he couldn’t boil an egg!
At Christmas he would produce a turkey that was mouth-watering. He could whip-up a stew with a chop, a bone cadged from the butcher, a single rasher and a unique blend of spuds, celery, onions and parsnips, which would have us queuing for dinner as the aroma wafted around the house.
He always made enough soup so that in Winter, there would be a pot left on the Rayburn cooker in the kitchen where you could dip in and enjoy a mug of soup for one more day.
But his idea of a boiled egg was two to three minutes! He was the maestro of the runny egg . . . and it resulted in so many standoffs, rows and problems at breakfast time that I often wondered why he simply didn’t give in and boil the damned things for a few minutes longer.
Of course, he was one of those who helped by his idea of the perfectly cooked egg.
The mere thought of his runny egg was enough to make the gorge rise in me, and, when confronted with one of his concoctions at the table, I point blank refused to eat the egg. To make matters worse, he would then mix up the white and the yolk and try to explain that it was in some way more palatable.
It is not an exaggeration to say that sometimes the standoff would last half an hour. He would tell me of kids who’d be glad to eat the egg, how egg was good for me, that soft-boiled meant that all the goodness was still there . . . as a concession, I would take a huge lump of bread into my mouth, then a spoon of the egg and wait until his back was turned before spitting it out again.
So, how come I end up writing in praise of the boiled egg, you ask? Well, this is more than 50 years later, now I boil my own eggs for a respectable six minutes . . . and, if perchance, it turns out to be a little bit on the hard-boiled side, why then I simply add a knob of butter to it.
I was put on the ‘supply list’ of a friend who keeps a few chickens in the backyard and the eggs are quite spectacular in their quality. The quality comes from hens scratching about for hours on end, picking a bits of grass, household leftovers from the table, and no pressure on them to produce.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.