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Ryan’s Last Interview more of a whimper than a whirlwind

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Date Published: 05-Apr-2011

It’s a year at the end of this month since Gerry Ryan died and despite all of the acres of newsprint and hours of discussion on his death and his drinking and his drugs, there is still something that makes it hard to believe that he’s gone.

His immortality – if that’s what it is – owes much of course to the realms of footage that exist of a man at the top of his profession if not in the prime of his life. But because he went out like a light, there was no build-up to his death. And 53 is no age to die anyway.

TV3 dipped the first toe into the anniversary water last week with its Gerry Ryan: The Last Interview as though this was going to be jam-packed with astonishing revelations from beyond the grave.

In fact it was an indifferent interview, fleshed out with clips from some of this television highlights and lowlights, and after an hour of the same old story, it was hard to remember a single sentence that wasn’t already known to the world and his wife.

What it did show however – and not for the first time – was just what a natural phenomenon Ryan was; he was an effortless communicator who knew his audience and played them like the sweetest of tunes.

He saw everything on the box as entertainment; the news has to entertain because information is entertainment too. He didn’t like the sleight that the phrase ‘light entertainment’ seemed to suggest – and he didn’t like those who looked down on his work as something lower down the cerebral chain.

He spoke in that gossipy way of turning down the Rose of Tralee, of newspaper criticism of his television efforts, of his regrets at interviewing a very disturbed Paul McGrath and ironically of doing the final interview with Ronnie Drew.

For more, read this week’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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