Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
The ‘grand finale’ of next year’s Volvo Ocean Race is set to generate an €80 million windfall for Galway, with more than 600,000 people expected to flock to the city.
And the Sentinel has learned that details are being finalised for a last minute joint Irish entry in the race, which gets underway at the end of October.
However, it will not be the Green Dragon – instead, the iconic racing yacht will be used as a promotional tool flying the Irish flag for the stopovers in Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient and finally in Galway when the entrants arrive on July 3.
It’s understood that sponsorship details are being finalised at the moment which will secure a joint Irish entry in the event – it is likely to be a collaboration with the Chinese ‘Team Sanya’ which was launched last Friday.
An announcement on the joint entry – through Irish sponsorship of the team – will be made in the coming days.
A festival from June 28 to July 7, 2012 will see a huge scale ‘Global Village’ constructed at the Docks, as well as a structure at South Park and events in Salthill.
Details of the Ocean Race closing festival in Galway will be unveiled at a ‘Year to Go’ event in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday week.
John Killeen of Let’s Do It Global told the Sentinel: “We will be launching details of the Global Village, it will be a far bigger set-up than the Race Village last time around, about twice the size.
“This time, we’ll be taking space in South Park, and there will be a far bigger inclusion for Salthill.
“We’re expecting between 5,000 and 6,000 corporate guests alone. We’ve already established what Galway can achieve in terms of attracting people, last time, the publicity in the build-up to the event was quite slow. Now, we’re getting enquiries from around the world. It’s a no-brainer in terms of revenues,” said Mr Killeen.
He added that he could not comment on any possible negotiations for an Irish entry in the race.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinl.
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.