Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
Award-winning actor Martin Sheen will be the subject of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh Public Interview, which will take place on Sunday, July 10.
The Fleadh runs from July 5-10 and it will also host the world premiere of Stella Days which is set in rural Ireland and stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman. The film will screen in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday July 9.
A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Martin Sheen is one of America’s most celebrated, colourful, and accomplished actors.
On the big screen, he has appeared in more than 65 feature films including Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, Gandhi, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Bobby and The Subject Was Roses.
He has won six Golden Globes and has six Emmy nominations for his role as President Bartlet in the hit TV series The West Wing. He has also played leading roles on series such as Murphy Brown, Two and Half Men and Kennedy where he played the role of President John F Kennedy.
The 23rd Galway Film Fleadh will open on July 5 with the Irish premiere screening of Parked, directed by Darragh Byrne which stars Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan and Stuart Graham. The film tells the story of lonesome Fred whose life changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude to life.
Over its five days Fleadh will host international features, documentaries, new Irish shorts and world premieres of Irish feature films, including Lotus Eaters, directed by Alexandra McGuiness.
In association with Screen Training Ireland, David Mackenzie will be the subject of the Director’s Masterclass. David has directed amongst others The Last Great Wilderness, Young Adam, Asylum, Perfect Sense and You Instead.
In association with IFTA, Gill Denis will be the Galway Film Fleadh Screenwriter in Residence for 2011 and will give a special Masterclass during the Festival.
His work covers all genres from the multi-award-winning story of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line to the cult classic Return to Oz. Gill’s talent has drawn the attention of some of Hollywood’s finest, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, James Mangold, Caleb Deschanel and Ed Harris, and he has been asked to work on scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now, Pollock and The Black Stallion.
The 23rd Galway Film Fleadh programme will be launched in the Radisson Hotel on June 21 and details will be available afterwards at www.galwayfilmfleadh.com.
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.