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Authenticity takes centre stage for Ireland’s singing storyteller

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Damien Dempsey . . . storyteller.

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He is renowned for his raw and emotive live performances – but Damien Dempsey is in essence as much a storyteller as he is a singer-songwriter.  In a career spanning almost twenty years, the Dubliner, who plays Monroe’s Live tonight (Thursday), has released a catalogue of successful albums, played gigs all over the world and shared stages with artists like Bruce Springsteen and Sinéad O’Connor.

His songs are influenced by a medley of themes and genres yet they seem intrinsically tied together by the authenticity of his voice and lyrics.

With an instantly recognisable vocal, Damien has felt comfortable pushing boundaries in his songwriting – his latest release Union features a host of major artists including Imelda May and Finbar Furey.

“It came about after the last album Soulsun,” Damien says of Union. “There was a track with Imelda May on it that Sony wanted to release as a single. We just said ‘Will we just do some more, make it an EP of other collaborations from the past?’ It got some legs then and we thought we’d do some new collaborations and make an album out of it.”

The new album was largely recorded in Kilburn, London. A blend of old and new material, Damien talks about the rationale for the musicians he invited onto the record.

“There’s a good bit of new stuff,” he notes. “I’ve reworked some old songs that didn’t really work [in the past]. I’ve written some new ones like ‘You’re Like the Water’ with Maverick Sabre and ‘The Keepers of the Flame’ with Lisa O’Neill.

“I wanted to work with singers who I felt sing from a very deep place inside them – soul singers I suppose, to me they’re all soul singers on the album. Lisa O’Neill, Sinéad O’Connor, Seamus Begley, Finbar Furey of course – they’re all singers that move me.

“When you work with somebody like that I think you always learn something from them and you always take some of their magic with you. It’s great to collaborate and to do something that you wouldn’t have done otherwise.

For more,  read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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