Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
Michael Harding’s acclaimed play, The Tinker’s Curse returns to the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10.
Telling the story of a travelling man who climbs Croagh Patrick to do penance for the sins of a lifetime, this play is performed by the writer, accompanied by musician Finbar Coady. The Tinker’s Curse is a rare insight into the joys and sorrows that make up the life of an Irish Traveller, and as a result is both funny and poignant. The play was first produced by Livin’ Dred Theatre Company in 2007 and was nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Harding plays Rattigan, a Traveller old enough to remember the old days when Travellers in Ireland had a place in the scheme of things, fixing pots and pans. However “plastic killed the Travelling People” he explains, and much of the traditions and lore have been lost.
Harding breaks many of the conventions of the theatre as he embarks on Rattigan’s story, and his need to tell people who he is. Along the way the audience meets his wife Julia, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who has “been in the audience of The Late Late Show”; his daughter Michelle, who is blissfully unaware of the effects her blossoming sexuality has, and Johnny Reilly, a ‘buffer’ or settled man who comes a courting.
Theatre critic of The Sunday Independent Emer O’Kelly was deeply impressed by the production and by Harding’s performance, describing the play as “a heart-searing, heart-searching piece of work, provoking tears and haunting the soul” and Harding’s performance as “nothing short of glorious – a piece of sustained dramatic economy that is performance art of soaring, incandescent strength”.
Booking is now open at the Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie
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.