GAA commentator launches county jersey for frontline workers

A GAA radio commentator in Galway has launched a county jersey initiative to acknowledge the efforts of frontline workers.

Tommy Devane, a GAA commentator with Galway Bay FM, has asked all 32 counties to supply a county jersey, along with a short message of thanks to the country’s “tireless” frontline staff.

Each jersey and accompanying short message will then be framed in Galway and sent to the hospital or care setting of the county’s choice.

“I am in awe of the magnificent work our amazing frontline workers are doing to protect us every day and they certainly deserve huge recognition,” said Devane.

“We’ve already received a huge reaction to the project from the GAA community, which is in conjunction with Paul Byrnes Media and our main sponsors Merit Medical. We’re also delighted to have Langan Couriers on board who have kindly agreed to sponsor the delivery of all 32 jerseys.

Said Galway GAA chairman Pat Kearney: “This is a brilliant idea and we are delighted to be supporting it. We have a great relationship with all the hospitals and care settings in Galway and we would like to thank all the frontline staff who continue to do an amazing job every day.” 

The initiative has already been picked up in all four provinces.

Kerry County Board chairman Tim Murphy said: “Our frontline workers are the real heroes in this global pandemic and this is a wonderful way to acknowledge them.”

His Offaly counterpart, Michael Duignan, also commended Devane’s “great project” and its recognition of frontline workers’ “incredible work”.


Galway firms contribute to environmental sustainability

From an article in the Galway Advertiser

Two Galway companies have been commended at this year’s annual Small Firms Association Awards.

Langan Couriers and Mayday Express, both Galway members for The Pallet Network, were awarded highly commended in the environmental sustainability category at this year’s awards.

Certificates of commendation were presented to TPN by the Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

The Pallet Network is one of Ireland’s leading freight, transport and logistics services providers.

Langan Couriers, based in Oranmore, was founded by John McGann 15 years ago and is based in a 44,000sq ft warehouse with a client base of more than 140.

John McGann, principal of Langan Couriers, said: “Despite the continuing economic downturn, we have focused on becoming as lean as possible, cutting costs while maintaining services.”

Mayday Express, also based in Galway, is one of the 23 regional national network carriers for TPN.

The aim of the SFA National Small Business Awards is to celebrate the achievements of small businesses (with up to 50 employees ) in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy.


Trucker’s Drive Time Slashed

THE first trucker through the Port Tunnel said last night he couldn’t believe how it slashed his journey time around the city.

He predicted that truck drivers would use the tunnel from now on.

John McGann from Ardrahan, Co Galway, a driver with Langan Couriers, Oranmore said it took him just 17 minutes to drive from the start of the tunnel to the West Link toll bridge on the M50.

This journey normally takes Mr Gann 55 minutes or more. From the toll plaza it took him only 22 minutes to drive to the Red Cow Roundabout.

“The tunnel is absolutely brilliant. I didn’t think it would be as fast as it was,” he said. “Truck drivers will be using it in droves. There is going to be time savings for drivers and their companies,” said Mr McGann