Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Galway, already dubbed ‘City of the Festivals’, will add another exciting event to its hectic calendar when it hosts the three-day Coors Light Live at the Latin Quarter across 19 venues in the city this bank holiday weekend.
The musical extravaganza promises to showcase a mouth-watering line up of both international stars and promising local talent in the famous carnival atmosphere that has become synonymous with Galway’s summer months.
Dublin-born songwriter Cathy Davey is the headline act on the opening day of the festival and will inevitably be one of the main attractions over the course of the three days. The multi-platinum-selling artist has emerged as one of the country’s best musical performers since she shot to prominence as a result of the success of her second album, Tales of Silversleeve, in 2007.
That record was named as the ninth best album of the decade in a list compiled by The Irish Times and earned Davey a Choice Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year Award the year before she picked up a prize for Best Irish Female at the 2008 Meteor Awards.
Her star continued to rise on the strength of a number of hit singles from Tales of Silversleeve, which was so called because of Davey’s habit of not using a tissue to wipe her nose as a child. These included the number-one track Reuben, Moving and Sing For Your Supper.
She has also garnered a following as a result of fine live performances at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas; Electric Picnic in 2008 and she also headlined at Oxegen last year.
Her extensive fan base will guarantee a full house when she plays at the Quays Music Hall at 11pm on Friday, which – as is the case for the Coors Light Weekender almost without exception – is a free gig.
The somewhat morbidly named American folk-rock band O’Death have incorporated the Coors Light Live at the Latin Quarter into their Irish touring schedule to give an international flavour to the festivities, and will play at Kelly’s Bar on 11pm this Saturday.
The prolific Brooklyn group will come to Galway fresh from sell-out gigs at Dublin’s Workman’s Club and Crane Lane Theatre in Cork this week, where they will be debuting tracks from their latest album, Outside, which hit the shelves earlier this year.
The Latin Quarter Festival will also put local acts and emerging talent centre stage this weekend and will provide visitors with a great opportunity to enjoy the best that the Galway music scene has to offer.
Among the popular local artists on show will be Tuam native and singer-songwriter Noelie McDonnell, who plays outside Busker Brownes at 6pm on Saturday as part of the Weekender series of street performances that is designed to enhance the city’s festival atmosphere – and should do if the weather remains dry.
The folk singer followed the success of his album, Beyond Hard Places, which spent two months in the iTunes folk album charts, with the release of Come Alive at the end of 2009; and he has enjoyed a hectic schedule of live performances since.
For more, read 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.