Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
Galway based independent radio producer, Mary Owens, has won a silver prize at the prestigious New York International Awards for her innovative series celebrating Ireland’s maritime song tradition. The Sea in Song was broadcast by RTÉ Lyric FM and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The awards were announced this week in New York.
“Irish songs of the sea have travelled back and forth to America, Canada, Australia and many other places around the world. They tell aspects of our social history better than any textbook can. I think that is why the series appealed to an international jury” says Mary Owens of Well Said Productions from New York after receiving her silver prize. The producer, who is originally from Donegal, lives in Indreabhán.
Her series is potent mix of song and story with fresh new perspectives on Ireland’s maritime history and seafaring traditions. It explores Irish narratives in sea shanties and sailor ballads and taps into some hair-raising accounts of life at sea in the 19th century. For the programmes, Mary sifted through the huge collection of Irish coastal songs, including some classics from the Irish language repertoire, to retrieve vivid tales of smugglers, shipwrecks and heroic rescues. The Sea in Song also features some of our most powerful laments and romantic ballads.
Contributors included Jimmy Crowley, John Faulkner, Lillis O Laoire, Aine Uí Cheallaigh, Seán Corcoran, Altan and many more great singers and storytellers.
The Sea in Song was broadcast on The Lyric Feature slot from December 29th –31st 2010. Listeners can still enjoy the series on-line in the Lyric Feature’s 2010 programme archive.
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.