The Saw Doctors are about to re-release a limited edition of their iconic debut album next month – to mark the 30th anniversary of its original chart-topping arrival.
A limited print of 500 vinyl albums is current being pressed, as sleeve notes and lyric sheets are updated – all behind the seminal cover of If This is Rock ‘n’ Roll I Want My Old Job Back.
That featured the band’s original line-up on the back – and their fathers, as leather-clad rock stars, in the front, on stage at the old Warwick Hotel where their sons had enjoyed some of their greatest nights.
“I don’t know whether it was Davy or Leo that came up with it, but I do remember that – at the time – the Rolling Stones were on a world tour. And we worked out that they were older than the dads,” recalls their manager Ollie Jennings.
That line-up of Davy Carton, Leo Moran, Pearse Doherty, Johnny Donnelly and John ‘Turps’ Burke were riding the crest of a wave after I Useta Lover had hit the top of the singles charts in September 1990 – and stayed there for the next nine weeks.
It wasn’t the band’s first single, but N17’s initial release had bombed – despite the fact that it was produced by Mike Scott of the Waterboys. And given that the band’s deal with Solid Records was just for two singles, it might have been all over before it began, if I Useta Lover hadn’t hit a rich vein.
That in turn led to the re-release of N17 and, by Christmas 1990, it was at number two in the Irish charts just ahead of I Useta Lover at number three.
All of that meant that an album was very much back on the cards – and the lads were able to fill it with songs that have stood them in such stead to this day.
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Split level home on large site in Drum
This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.
Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.
The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.
On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.
On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms. All rooms are large, bright and spacious.
The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.
The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.
Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear. In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.
Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.
It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.
■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.
Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid
TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.
Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.
The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.
Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.
Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry
GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.
When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.
“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.
“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”
Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.
Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.
“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.
“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was
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