Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
The Thor Gitta cargo ship is due to dock on the west coast of France around lunchtime today, almost four weeks after the ‘jinxed’ operation to transport two passenger ferries began.
The ship began its departure from Galway Docks at 8.20am on Sunday and will land at La Rochelle at 12pm today (Tuesday), ending the first leg of its 8,300-mile journey to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
The port at La Rochelle is less than 40 miles from the boatyard where the two ferries were built for troubled businessman Jimmy Clancy in 2005 and 2006 to operate the Aran Direct service.
One of the ferries is due for minor repairs there, before Thor Gitta will again set sail and make further stops in the Congo, Cape Town and Mozambique. The entire journey will take an estimated 25 days.
The Clan Eagle I took six hours to load on Good Friday, while her sister Clann na nOileáin, was loaded and secured after four hours last Wednesday.
In the last of a series of delays which have made headlines around the world, Clan Eagle I could not be hoisted and secured until other cargo on board Thor Gitta was relocated.
The 27-day saga began on March 31, when the first cargo ship sent to transport the two ferries, the MV Pantanal, ran aground of Rossaveal.
Eight days later, there was a dramatic turn of events, when a cable snapped while loading Clann na nOileáin onto Thor Gitta, injuring three men from South Connemara who were on board the ferry.
A week later, the Irish Admiralty Marshal ordered the arrest of the cargo ship, while a further attempt to load the ferries was abandoned when an alarm sounded on one of the ship’s cranes
Read the full story in today’s Connacht Sentinel
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.