Playing hits from the Beautiful South and the Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will be in Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, on Thursday, October 30. There will be new material too, taken from their acclaimed new album What Have We Become?
The pair reunited last year when Paul was working on what he had initially intended would be a solo album.
“It was suggested that I ask Jacqui to sing, and when she said yes, I went away and wrote another five or six songs that would be better suited to her voice,” Paul says.
Paul and Jacqui were in The Beautiful South at the height of the band’s success, and Paul has retained some writing habits from his days with the chart toppers.
“Traditionally, with The Beautiful South, I went to Holland to write the lyrics and Spain to write the music,” he says. “With this present bunch of songs, I wrote all of it in Holland. This last album was written in Alkmaar, which is probably a similar size to Galway.”
Heaton’s trademark wit is evident throughout What Have We Become, and Abbott’s voice remains distinctive as ever. Some of the barbs are sharper than those of The Beautiful South though. They include the Cameron-baiting lyric, ‘the real terrorist ain’t reading the Koran/He’s sitting in 10 Downing Street and he works for Uncle Sam’.
“I don’t think there has been a Prime Minister to feel affinity with in decades,” says the staunchly socialist Heaton. “So, yes it’s an attack on Cameron, but they all work for Uncle Sam, don’t they? Look at the situation in your country; you’re working for the IMF.”
The album also sees Heaton and Abbott take aim at Phil Collins and Sting. But, in the UK at least, the Beautiful South were as successful as those acts. What does Heaton set himself apart from them?
“Well, I’m a UK resident,” he says. “I have only one house, that is a terraced house, where I’m sat now, in England. Which is slightly different. I’m a UK taxpayer, I’ve always paid my tax in this country and haven’t attempted to avoid taxes.”
Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer
On the first anniversary of Covid-19’s deadly arrival into Ireland, the head of the Saolta hospital group has predicted that all who want the vaccine will have received it by the end of the summer.
Tony Canavan, CEO of the seven public hospitals, told the Connacht Tribune that the HSE was planning to set up satellite centres from the main vaccination hub at the Galway Racecourse to vaccinate people on the islands and in the most rural parts of the county.
While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
“Ideally we’d run it as close as possible to the same time that the main centres are operating once that is set up. Communication is key – if people know we’re coming, it will put people’s minds at rest.”
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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!
Growing up in Galway where four seasons in a day is considered a soft one, Linda Hughes always had a keen interest in the weather.
But unlike most Irish people, instead of just obsessing about it, she actually went and pursued it as a career.
The latest meteorologist to appear on RTE’s weather forecasts hails from Porridgtown, Oughterard, and brings with her an impressive background in marine forecasting.
She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
The 33-year-old was a route analyst responsible for planning routes for global shipping companies. She joined the company after studying experimental physics in NUIG and doing a masters in applied meteorology in Redding in the UK.
“My job was to keep crews safe and not lose cargo by picking the best route to get them to their destination as quickly as possibly but avoiding hurricanes, severe storms,” she explains.
“It was a very interesting job, I really enjoyed it but it was very stressful as you were dealing with bad weather all the time because there’s always bad weather in some part of the world.”
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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery
Her family are understandably calling her their miracle mum – because an 81 year old great-great-grandmother from Galway has bounced back from Covid-19, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery since Christmas…to return hale and hearty, to her own home.
But Mary Quinn’s family will never forget the trauma of the last three months, as the Woodford woman fought back against all of the odds from a series of catastrophic set-backs.
The drama began when Mary was found with a bleed on her brain on December 16. She was admitted to Portiuncula Hospital, and transferred to Beaumont a day later where she underwent an emergency procedure – only to then suffer a stroke.
To compound the crisis, while in Beaumont, she contracted pneumonia, suffered heart failure and developed COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.
“Christmas without mom; things did not look good,” said her daughter Catherine Shiel.
But the worst was still to come – because before Mary was discharged, she contracted Covid-19.
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