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Lively Gráda return to Galway for show

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Date Published: 23-Jun-2011

Folk group Gráda play Monroe’s Live this Sunday, June 26. Consisting of members Gerry Paul (guitar), Nicola Joyce (vocals, bodhrán), Stephen Doherty (flute, whistle, accordion), David Doocey (fiddle, concertina), and Andrew Laking (bass), the group is based mostly in Galway, but spends much of the year on the road, touring Europe and America.

Gráda has released five albums, with the most recent, Natural Angle, bridging traditional Celtic and Appalachian tunes. It was produced by Tim O’Brien in Nashville and featured guest appearances by Odessa Jorgensen (Bearfoot) and Alison Brown.

Natural Angle captures the natural live energy of their live performances and is the group’s most complete selection of music to date. Through Gráda’s recent appearances at key Americana and roots festivals across four continents the band continues to win new fans at a rapid pace.

Gerry Paul has also collaborated with emerging Dutch songwriter Christof van der Ven. The pair toured through New Zealand with Tim O’Brien, and along the way they sang with Americana heroes Crooked Still. More recently, Gerry played in folk singer Noriana Kennedy’s band for the launch of her superb album Ebb ‘n’ Flow. Gráda’s singer Nicola Joyce also joined Kennedy for some of these shows.

Gráda embodies the eclectic and inclusive nature of the Galway folk scene. Nicola is from Headford, Gerry Paul hails from New Zealand and ,at the launch of Ebb ‘n’ Flow, they shared a stage with a singer from Dublin and another from Holland.

Gráda’s show in Monroe’s is simply unmissable. Tickets €15, doors 8.30pm.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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