Date Published: 16-Mar-2011
Thousands of people are expected to attend parades around the city and county tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day.
Weather forecasts for tomorrow are indicating a dry sunny day which will give parades in local towns and villages a major boost.
The annual blessing of shamrock and mass by Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, will take place at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa barracks in Renmore at 9 am tomorrow.
Galway’s first parade of the day will get underway after 11 am mass tomorrow in Athenry, beginning at the Railway crossing and will follow the traditional route up to Bridge Street.
There will be live music and dance at St. Patrick’s Monastery, Esker, Athenry for a Celtic con-celebreated mass at 11 am to celebrate the feast of its patron saint.
In Dunmore, floats are asked to make their way to Sion Hill by 11.30 tomorrow morning for registration for the parade.
The second annual Mountbellew parade gets underway at noon, with floats gathering at the Co-Op mart at 11 am.
There will be live traditional music and an open market in Mountbellew Square all day.
Galway City’s parade gets underway at 12.30 pm tomorrow starting at Fr. Griffin Road, travelling up through Dominick Street, Bridge Street, Mainguard Street, Shop Street and into Eyre Square.
The Irish Naval vessel, the L.E Aisling will also be open to the public at Galway Docks tomorrow from 2.30 – 5.30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Up to 5,000 people are epxpected at the parade in Abbeyknockmoy, which gets underway at 12.30 pm tomorrow, with floats gathering at noon.
Bands, floats, walkers, marchers, comic sketches, music and the All-Ireland senior camogie champions, Killimor, will feature in the Portumna parade which starts at 12.30 pm from the mart.
The main thoroughfare in Loughrea will be closed off for its parade from 12.30p.m to 2p.m.
A display by Gort Reserve Defence Force will feature in the Gort Parade which will begin at Church Street at 12.45 pm tomorrow.
The Glenamaddy St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 pm sharp from the Community Centre.
Kinvara will also host a parade this year, starting at the Windmill field at 1.30 pm, making its way through the village and around the Quay.
Don Stiffe will be the Grand Marshall at the Headford Parade, which will start at 1.45 pm at the GAA pitches.
Supported by the Shrule parade participants, the Headford parade will make its way up Main street to the top of the town.
Ballinasloe’s parade starts at 2 pm and will travel from the Fairgreen, through Society Street, Main Street and River Street, proceeding to Dunlo Street, finishing at St. Michael’s Square.
The Barnaderg / Killererin parade also gets underway at 2 pm and has no entry fee for floats.
‘You hold the future in your Hands’ is the theme of the parade in Tuam this St.Patrick’s Day.
It gets underway at 2 pm and vehicles can line up near Quinns shop, Bishop Street.
The last parade of St. Patrick’s day will take place in Oranmore at 3 pm.
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.