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Owner gets back wedding ring found in couch–ten years later

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Date Published: 25-Apr-2011

By Dara Bradley

A Galway woman reunited a husband – a complete stranger – with his wedding ring that was lost for almost 10 years, just days before his tenth wedding anniversary . . . after she discovered the gold band hidden in her couch.

Tyrone man Charlie Rodgers married Galway girl Mary on April 20, 2001, but two months later he lost his wedding band. However, Charlie was reunited with the ring last week after Galway woman Etna Murphy, who didn’t even know the couple, tracked them down nearly ten years later when she found the ring in a sofa she had purchased from a charity shop.

The couple told the Ray Darcy radio show on Today FM that two months after their nuptials they thought Charlie may have lost the ring on a flight to or from Ireland and the United States.

Four years ago, a total stranger, Galway woman Etna, bought a green couch with gold lining underneath from the Saint Vincent de Paul shop in the city. She later moved in with her husband, Martin, and they upgraded their suite. Martin chopped up the old couch in the back garden and remarkably discovered the gold ring.

Etna had always intended to find the owner and left it in a cupboard until she could find the time to do some detective work. As the 10th anniversary was approaching, her mother and husband started nagging her and she eventually started to track down the owner.

The ring was engraved with ‘C and M’ and ‘April, 20 2001’, so she went to the births, deaths and marriages office to find out if did anyone with those initials married on that day 10 years ago, and eventually tracked them down.

To this day the couple don’t know how the ring went missing – they think it may have slipped off while Martin was sitting on the couch in a local hotel or bar.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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