Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
This year’s Galway Film Fleadh, which runs from July 5-10, presents a selection of cinema from more than 35 countries, from Korea to the Congo, Argentina to India, Germany to Japan including a wealth of World, European and Irish premieres.
Martin Sheen will attend for the world premiere of Stella Days, Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s film about a priest’s attempts to set up a cinema in rural 1950s Ireland, despite opposition from parishioners. The star of such films as Apocalypse Now, Badlands and the seminal TV series The West Wing will also be the subject of the Galway Film Fleadh public interview on Sunday, July 10 in the Galway Town Hall Theatre.
The Fleadh, which was launched on Tuesday evening in the city, will host the world premiere of Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey, Lelia Doolan’s new documentary on the life and work of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Other premieres include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a hybrid of performance-art and investigative documentary that tackles the US military’s controversial stance on homosexuality, and Irish director Neil Dowling’s debut Sarang Hey!, a globe-trotting romance set between Berlin and Seoul.
The festival opens on July 5 with Darragh Bryne’s first feature, Parked, a tale of an unlikely friendship between unemployed, middle-aged Fred and dope smoking Cathal. John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard is another impressive first feature. Shot in Galway and starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, The Guard is a refreshing mix of humour and pathos.
The Other Side of Sleep, Rebecca Daly’s dark, dream-like debut sits comfortably alongside Alexandra McGuinness’ energetic and stylish first feature Lotus Eaters as statements of intent from two of Ireland’s most promising young directors.
Charlie Casanova, the debut feature from Terry McMahon’s is a black examination of the legacy of the Celtic Tiger and its dehumanising effect on people like the Charlie of the title.
New Irish cinema from established directors includes Mary McGuckian’s Man on the Train, a heart-rending film starring Donald Sutherland and U2’s Larry Mullen (in his acting debut) as a retired literature professor and a laconic bank-robber respectively. Gerard Hurley’s The Pier, meanwhile, tells the story of Jack McCarthy’s return to Ireland after 20 years in America.
The Fleadh’s international features will include No Return, Miguel Cohan’s thriller about a man convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. Some Other Stories is a film which describes differing attitudes to motherhood from five different women in five countries. Girlfriend, a drama about a young man with Down Syndrome, who has a crush on a single mum, is a refreshingly honest approach to a difficult subject-matter.
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.