Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Ever since the latest McCarthy Report came out last week, there’s been a lot of talk about Ireland selling off the family silver as though there was a big dresser somewhere in Leinster House packed with forks, spoons and salvers that might somehow drag us out of hock.
The fact is there would want to be the equivalent of a small mine of the stuff to even begin to contemplate such drastic action, but all this talk of silver seems almost uncouth in these straitened times.
And anyway, what do they all mean. Have you ever met someone who did sell off the family silver? And if they did, who would they sell it to?
Would it be those parasites who offer to exchange your wedding ring or granny’s jewellery for cash? Or is there a silversmith out there who refashions your old knives and forks into a new cup?
What exactly is the family silver anyway – are there families out there who have silver cutlery instead of the cheap stuff the rest of us cut our pork chops with?
I’ve always worried about those children who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth; isn’t it very dangerous for babies who haven’t an ounce of sense to be sucking on valuable spoons? The silver spoon could choke them.
Apparently we’re thinking of selling off the family silver now – although in our case, given that we’re talking about Coillte, it appears we think money grows on trees.
Sonia O’Sullivan won silver medals at the Olympics and World Championships which she might be persuaded to part with in the national interest, and Fianna Fail sold us down the Swanee for forty pieces of silver – so the least they could do is offer that back to the state by way of some very small compensation.
We’ve had a few stars of the silver screen, and clearly the current crop of household names like Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson would fetch a few bob on the open market.
We also have six sets of silver letters to flog after they were removed from the front of branches of the world’s baddest bank last week that spell Anglo Irish Bank over and over again – like a sort of recurring bad dream.
Of course we couldn’t sell all of the letters – just the ones that say ‘rankish’ because we need to hold onto the rest of them to come up with the new name for this financial albatross around our necks. We’re calling it ‘Big Loan’.
Or maybe we could pretend that Silvermines is actually a business as opposed to an area in Tipperary. The only problem there of course is that, even if we had a silver mine somewhere, they’d expect to get it for nothing – just like Shell did when we discovered gas off the Mayo coast.
Staying with precious metals, however, we also have a fleet of silver birds for sale – as in, the helicopters that were once the transportation mode of choice for our developers. Like these high flyers, they too are now grounded – like our ghost estates, they are now gathering dust.
To sweeten the pot, we could throw in Roger Casement’s sword which was unveiled last week by Jimmy Deenihan, wielding it like a hurley, and we’d even part with the Ardagh Chalice, a job lot of Roses of Tralee, Jedward, Mary Byrne, Westlife, Gaybo, Twink and Bono.
We could certainly throw in the old silver fox, Colm McCarthy, who keeps issuing these reports that cause mass consternation every time he puts pen to paper. The man really is a national jinx.
But we’re keeping Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh because even at the age of 80, he has scarcely a silver hair on his head.
And more importantly he’s a national treasure – and even when we’re stony broke without the price of a pint, there are some treasures we’re not prepared to part with.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.