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Lucky Run scoops top prize in RTÉ online drama competition

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Date Published: 09-Jun-2011

The Galway-based online TV show Lucky Run has won the RTÉ Storyland online drama competition for 2011, overcoming The Last Security Man and The Outlaw Concy Ryan in the final showdwon to claim the title.

Produced by Galway company, Capaillín Bán and filmed entirely in Tuam, Lucky Run boasts a cast that includes Fred McCloskey, Seóna Tully, Midie Corcoran and Larry McGowan among others. The writer of the series, Achill native Colm Cafferkey, is “absolutely delighted” with the win, which was announced last week.

Lucky Run began filming in early January and the team behind it never knew from one month to the next if they would get to make another episode.

It was one of eight dramas accepted for the online series with the new episode from each production company being put up on the RTÉ website every month. The public then voted for their favourites and the show with the lowest public approval rating was voted off in each round.

As the public voted, shows such as The Masterplan and Rent a Friend fell by the wayside and Lucky Run went from strength to strength.

The show’s producer, Eamon Stack puts this down to the nature of the series.

Lucky Run tells the story of a guy who wakes up after a serious session to find his life is in bits and he has to get himself together to figure it all out. For better or worse, I think a lot of people can relate to that!

“We had a great team working on Lucky Run,” Stack continues, “people with quality experience and a great attitude. Hopefully we can keep going and work together on another project.”

What exactly that project is remains to be seen, but at the moment, the cast and crew of Lucky Run are celebrating their current success.

Meanwhile, Headford based duo Ivan and Molly McMahon were responsible for The Outlaw Concy Ryan which was a runner up in the online competition, which was filmed in the Moyross Estate in Limerick City, where they received great support.

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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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