Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
Mickey Harte was already an inspiring man long before he dealt so courageously and so publically with his grief after the brutal death of his beloved daughter Michaela. The man who led Tyrone to All-Ireland glory exudes a calmness and a sense of perspective on life that clearly comes from a very deep faith.
He revealed so much of his soul in Michaela – Finding Peace, RTE’s heartbreaking documentary on the life and death of a young, 27 year old woman who touched so many hearts in so many ways.
And Michaela’s husband John has equally somehow found the faith and the strength to deal with a level of grief and tragedy that the rest of us could never imagine.
This 50 minute documentary was the work of RTE’s Northern Editor Tommie Gorman at his very best; insightful, revealing, honest, and an insight into a family that found the faith to deal with such a horrific event.
Michaela and John were married on December 30 last – and just 16 days later her Requiem Mass took place at the same Church.
Her death was headline news across the globe but the outpouring of grief and the incredible support of a community united in that grief was unprecedented, even in a part of the island that has known more than its share of tragedy.
This documentary was summed up in the final moments when Tommie Gorman asked John McAreavey if he could forgive his wife’s killers.
“Well, nothing’s impossible. I still haven’t made my mind up. There’s a calmness in me that at times I can’t understand. But the more I think about it, I realise that’s Michaela. Because I know where she is now and it’s a better place than here.”
His close friendship with his father-in-law was equally evident – but what was awe-inspiring was Mickey Harte’s ability to deal with the hardest cross a father could be asked to bear.
“I couldn’t imagine how I’d live without faith, if I didn’t believe Michaela was in a place where she could still influence our lives. It doesn’t make life any easier for us – we still miss Michaela dreadfully every day,” he said.
“There’s not a day since I heard the dreadful news that I’ve not cried a lot of times. The days ahead I will continue to do that because human emotion takes you to places that you are out of control for a while, but then you get a sense of calm, this ability to look to the higher plane and I feel blessed that I’ve got that sense of calmness that comes from God,” he added.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.