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Spiddal to host fund raiser for Galway’s Special Olympians

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Date Published: 16-Jun-2011

NINE Galway athletes will be heading to Athens next week as part of the Irish team competing in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games which begin on June 25th.

The team will participate in 12 Sports – Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, Kayaking and Table Tennis.

Three teams will compete in the football competitions – 11-a-side male, 5-a-side female and 5-a-side male, and basketball will be represented by one male and one female squad. Team Ireland will be supported by a team of 49 volunteer coaches and management.

The Galway athletes competing are: footballers Christina Kelly, Emma Finneran, Fionnuala Treacy (Creagh Training Centre), and Linda Cannon (Loughrea Training Centre); golfer Denise Flattery (Athenry Fairways Special Olympics Club); basketball player Gary Cunningham (Galway Tribes Special Olympics Club); John Loughnane (Ballinasloe Eagles Special Olympics Club); Jonathon Griffin (Corrib Bowling Club) and kayaker Ruairí O’ Toole from An Spidéal.

Mary Davis, Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia, will attend an Oíche Cheoil agus Siamsaíochta in Park Lodge Hotel, An Spidéal on Friday June 17th to honour the athletes.

Tickets, priced at €5, can be bought in local shops in An Spidéal, or may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics Ireland. Fáilte roimh chách.

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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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