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Acclaimed new single draws inspiration from women’s rights

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A Galway native and rising star on the music scene has drawn inspiration for her new release from the trials that face young women – a subject she feels so passionately about that the lyrics just flowed onto paper in 20 minutes.

‘Again’ – the latest release from the singer known simply as Laoise – chronicles the trials and tribulations of toxic relationships and the ever-increasing challenges facing young women in Irish society.

And Laoise herself says that, while trying to address the whole area of women’s rights was at first a source of frustration, once the thought process kicked in, the feelings just poured out.

“I’m very excited about this track; I think it is the best I have written so far,” says the Galway city singer.

“I was finding it very difficult to write at the start of the year with everything being said about women’s rights and issues in the news, some horrible things were said,” she admits.

But then, once Laoise got started, she says the song almost wrote itself.

“It took me about 20 minutes to write the words to the song, it just came flowing out, it was everything I wanted to say for so long,” she reveals.

The 21 year old – now based in Dublin – wrote and produced her most recent track along with fellow songwriters Richey McCourt and Sean Behan – and it has already attracted an extremely positive response since it was released last week.

“Both Richey and Sean were a massive part of the project, they introduced a whole new breath of air,” she says.

Laoise herself makes sure she is heavily involved in all aspects of the music process – and she credits her broad taste in music for her unique sound.

She specifically garners her influences from a wide range of genres like classical, traditional and eighties pop music.

“My whole family is very musical; they introduced me to the likes of Bowie and Kate Bush, who deeply inspire my music today,” she says.

Laoise [Nolan] has played the fiddle since she was six and she is self-taught in both piano and guitar.

When asked if the fiddle would be making an appearance on any of her upcoming tracks, she did not rule it out of the question.

“I don’t see it happening right now but I am open to it in the future, never say never,” she adds.

Her ‘Again’ tour kicks off on November 23 in Cork’s Cyprus Avenue and then it is off to Dublin for a performance in the Grand Social the following day.

And Laoise makes her homecoming to Galway on December 14 for what should be a great night at the Róisín Dubh.

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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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