Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
I was on a bus recently in the city and sitting in front of me were two kids of no more than 10 years of age. What struck me was the amount of what I would call ‘hardware’ they were carrying . . . and the probable cost of it.
One had an iPhone which had applications which I could not even begin to comprehend, and the other had a hand-held computer game that surely cost a few more hundred.
The last time I saw such an iPhone it was in the hands of a man who had just received a present of the darn thing and was trying to explain its applications to me . . . or maybe it would be more accurate to say that he was trying to figure out precisely how it worked and thought he might as well do some experimental demonstrations on me!
Those kids on the bus brought me back to the days when life was simpler . . . and expectations were a hell of a lot less on the part of youngsters. Our highlights of the year were what was termed ‘the botty wash excursion’ and the Mass servers’ outing to Knock. The expectations were no more but we enjoyed ourselves hugely, even if we did get into the odd scrape.
Because we lived 20 miles from the sea, in an era when cars were very scarce indeed, there was almost no chance we would get to the seaside. Except, that in our case there was a generous neighbour who had a lorry and once a year he used it to bring more than a dozen of us to Silver Strand in what was a most extraordinary excursion.
The Commer lorry would be decked out with the ‘cribs’ usually used for transporting loads of turf. They meant that there was little chance of any of us falling out . . . so we loaded up into the back of the lorry, a few adults got into the cab of the vehicle, and we headed off the 20-plus miles to Silver Strand.
What a day out it proved to be for landlubbers. Sometimes, you had to wait your turn for the togs – no there wasn’t a pair for everyone in the audience and what use would we have had for togs most of the time. There could also be some slight embarrassment when the togs were a little on the small side but, after all, this was ‘the botty wash’.
On a day such as this, the highpoints included my father, who had come along as one of the minders, lashing out his last 10 shillings on ice cream for the multitude of kids, but my favourite moment was when they broke out the sandwiches and the ravenous mob tucked in with a gusto that was frightening.
Don’t ask me how they made enough of those delicious bread-butter-and-banana sandwiches to go around, and how they brought so many of those giant flasks of tea . . . but, by the time we had finished, we were full to the ears, ready for some more tricking about in the sand, and then the journey home.
The only part of the return trip I remember is the twisty ‘country road’ leading from Silver Strand to Galway . . . for I slept so soundly lying on the steel floor of the lorry that we were home in Tuam before I knew it.
For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.