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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.