Date Published: 19-May-2011
Druid’s current production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh kicked off in Roscommon last January, and in the 15 weeks since, the cast and crew have clocked up 10,000 miles, 1,150 bed nights and cracked around 600 eggs.
On Sunday June 26, the tour will touch down on the island of Inis Meáin for two performances (1.30pm and 8.30pm) where the play will be performed for the first time. This will be the final stop after a major five-month US and Irish tour and the company say it’s bound to be a highlight.
Tickets for the Inis Meáin performances went on sale to residents of the Aran Islands last month and a very limited number will go on sale to the general public next Monday, May 23 from 10am.
Druid’s Marketing and Development Manager Sinead McPhillips says that Druid has “already been inundated with requests for tickets and we anticipate that demand will far exceed the supply available.
Regrettably this situation is beyond our control and we would like to thank everyone in advance for their support of our Inis Meáin visit and hope that everyone will be able to soak up the atmosphere on the day”.
Druid’s June visit to Inis Meáin will mark the company’s eighth visit to the island since their first visit in 1982 with The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge. Druid last visited in 2005 with DruidSynge.
The cast and crew of The Cripple of Inishmaan have just finished a six-week run on the west coast of America and this week will visit Philadelphia and take in two more stops in Charleston, South Carolina and New Haven, Connecticut before heading for home.
The show will return to Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from June 22 – 24 and tickets ranging from €12 – €25 are available from the Town Hall on 091 569 777 or online at www.tht.ie
Meanwhile, tickets for Inis Meáin are only available by phone through Druid on 091 500233 Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6pm.
They cost €20 and €16 concession and a booking fee of €1 will apply to each ticket. There is no online booking available and a limit of two tickets per person will apply to each booking.
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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.