Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
After their sellout concert at this year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Róisín Elsafty, Ronan Browne and Siobhán Armstrong play their first gig in Galway as a trio on May 5 in St Nicholas Collegiate Church at 8pm. This exciting ensemble of outstanding musicians offers a rich tapestry of sound and song from the oldest harp music to recently composed traditional tunes.
Róisín, whose beautiful sean-nós singing won her the best sean-nós singer award in the Irish Music Awards 2010, is responsible for bringing the three performers together .
She had previously worked with Siobhán on some of the oldest songs of the tradition – in fact Siobhan provides accompaniment for one track on Róisín’s CD Má Bhionn Tú Liom, Bí Liom. Róisín has often performed with Ronan. When the three of them got together for Celtic Connections they enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to keep it going.
Ronan Browne has been described as one of the finest pipers of his generation by The Irish Times. Among his many accomplishments, Ronan is the uilleann piper and singer with the group Cran, and was the original piper with Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance, as well as being a film and television composer.
Harpist Siobhán Armstrong plays historical harps of many kinds and is particularly keen on encouraging the revival of Ireland’s early harp. She founded and chairs the Historical Harp Society of Ireland. Her own Irish harp is a facsimile copy of Ireland’s national emblem – the medieval Trinity College harp – strung in brass and 18-carat gold wires.
Tickets for the concert at St Nicholas’s are €15 / concession €12and are available from Galway Early Music (087-9305506, www.galwayearlymusic.com) or at the door. This is a fundraising concert for The Galway Early Music Festival.
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.