Date Published: 29-Jun-2011
City tenants’ change
Lethargy is a strange failing which would appear to manifest itself most where the need for activity is great and urgent. For long, little towns around, with less than one-fourth the population of Galway City, have been able to point the fingers of scorn at the capital of the county and province: here was a city, they said with truth, honeycombed with ruins, its back places rendered unsightly by poor dwellings, and yet without a branch of the Town Tenants’ Association.
Within the city’s walls the same reproaches could be heard, but the city tenants merely beat the air and made no move with a view to calling an effective organisation, which would voice their grievances and redress their wrongs, into being.
News has reached Gort that on Saturday night last the cattle and stock on the farm of Patt Kelly, at Beagh, within two miles of Gort, were driven off the land and the walls thrown down. It appears that Kelly is presently grazing this farm which formerly was in possession of Patrick Burke, of Carrowgarriff, who is presently applying to the Estates Commissioners to have it restored to him again, in view of an immediate sale of the estate.
The police are busily engaged in looking after the stock, but up to the time of writing, no trace of same can be obtained. Mr. Kelly also accompanied them on the transport car on Sunday, and although every possible inquiry was made by them, all without avail. No arrests have as yet been made.
The feasibility of adopting or rejecting schemes for the improvement of the sewerage systems of the towns of Mountbellew and Ballygar was discussed at a special meeting of the Mountbellew District Council. It is estimated that the Mountbellew scheme will cost £600 and Ballygar £1,000. Notwithstanding that the members are agreed that the works are necessary, they consider that the ratepayers are already burdened with a heavy impost. They decided to adjourn the matter in consequence of the serious financial condition of the Union.
After two months of fruitless toil, many of the Connemara lobster-fishers have now come ashore in disgust and finally beached their curraghs. Never until this season have they so fully realised the havoc wrought by foreign poachers, and the unfortunate fishermen are driven almost to desperation.
The lobster-fishing industry was heretofore the only pursuit of the fishermen, which really gave a decent return for the time and labour expended upon it.
Rumour has it that the foreigners are not even above robbing the pots of the local fishermen which they happen across during the night. The local fishermen also allege that in some cases, even the pots themselves are stolen, and that for years past they have been wrongfully blaming the winds and currents on account of missing gear.
A cloudburst and severe thunderstorm, which broke suddenly over Ballinasloe and district on Saturday evening had caused considerable flooding in many districts. In Ballinasloe, many houses were flooded, basements and cellars to a depth of several inches in places.
The rain poured down in torrents for over half an hour, and the heavy gusts of wind and large hailstones, which accompanied it, broke windows and doors, and flooded the streets and some houses so suddenly that before occupants could remove some of the goods and furniture, they were floating in the floods.
Rivers of rain flowed down the streets and lodged in places to a depth of several inches. Shop goods and business premises were flooded, and the people attending the market were forced to run for shelter.
Sheets of lightning accompanied the storm and although no serious damage is reported, minor incidents of the storm’s havoc are reported in many districts – the potato stalks particularly suffered from the heavy showers of hail.
These were described as “lumps of ice, as big as heads”, which remained on the ground after the storm had abated for nearly an hour.
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.