Date Published: 18-May-2011
That Galway Bay, practically landlocked as it is, with a depth of water suitable for the reception of large and deep-drafted vessels, is suitable in every respect for an ocean port, and superior to other possible ports, is the declared opinion of Mr. Hurtzog – the senior partner of the firm of Sir Benjamin Baker and Co, which constructed the Nile Dam at Aswam – who was one of an influential deputation which inspected Galway Harbour on Tuesday.
On Monday, a meeting of Galway trans-Atlantic Port Committee had before it a large quantity of correspondence from railway companies and public bodies interested in the proposed line of steamers from Galway to Canada, all of which promised their best support to the project.
Arrangements have been made for laying before the Colonial Premiers, at their meeting in London, the great facilities afforded by selecting Galway as the terminus for the Canadian service, and pointing out its superiority to any other port in Ireland.
It was intimated by letter that the promoters intended visiting Galway very shortly in order to inspect the site of the proposed pier and landing stage, the intended railway route, and to ascertain to a nicety every particular in connection with the project.
On Wednesday last, three young men, all of Ballyglass, parish of Tynagh, were arrested at their homes and conveyed to Ballyshrule police barracks where a special court was held, presided over by Mr. Jasper White, R.M. They were charged with unlawful assembly on April 9 in assembling with other persons under such circumstances as to cause terror to a man and intimidate him from doing work which he had a legal right to do, viz: to hold a farm at Crannagh, Tynagh. Each of the defendants was bound to the peace for fourteen months, themselves on £20 each and two sureties of £10 each.
It is known throughout Connemara that intense activity has prevailed among the officers and men of the Garda throughout the area during the past few months with regard to poteen making. Special ‘dawn patrols’ have been undertaken by parties on revenue duty and some amazing tales are related of exciting chases and captures.
As usual, the Oughterard station is well to the fore and is maintaining its reputation for skill and dash in pursuit of the secret distilleries. On Good Friday, they conducted a search of the lonely little islets on Lough Corrib, near Gortmore, during the early hours of the morning.
On one of the islands, they found several barrels of wash, together with stills and still-heads as well as a quantity of other equipment for use in the making of poteen. In the same island, they found a quantity of provisions, the remains of a regular number of cooking utensils.
The sergeant and his party, prepared for a long wait, took cover and lay in ambush for the ‘shebeeners’ on a neighbouring islet. After some hours lying in a cramped position, they observed a boat with several men on board approach the encampment. The men disembarked and commenced distillation.
The Gardaí then broke cover and on sighting them, the distillers at once took to flight hotly pursued by the revenue party. By means of a sail, it was stated, they succeeded in making good their escape, leaving the Gardaí in possession of the spoils, which included several gallons of first-shot whiskey in a large keg.
Pleasure-seekers who were returning down the Corrib on Sunday after spending the afternoon boating on the lake, were treated to a thrilling sight when they saw an area of over a square mile of sedge in flames. It appears that trippers who were picnicking at the mount of ‘The Cut’, left a fire lighting after them. The fire was an awesome sight, reminiscent of an Australian bush fire at its fiercest. On Monday morning when the fire had burned itself out, the banks of the Corrib were a desolate site.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.