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Cloud Castle Lake scale heights with ‘Malingerer’

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Dublin four-piece, Cloud Castle Lake who will be in the Róisín Dubh on August 9.

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A band whose music brings the work of Sigur Ros, Radiohead and Wild Beasts to mind, the Dublin-based outfit, Cloud Castle Lake play Róisín Dubh on Thursday, August 9.  The group are Brendan William Jenkinson (guitar/piano), Rory O’Connor (bass), Daniel McAuley (vocals/synths) and Brendan Doherty (drums).

Jenkinson, O’Connor and McAuley began playing music together when they met in boarding school in Kildare.

“Being in boarding school, we had a fair amount of free time, and most of us didn’t really play sport, so music was the next thing,” Brendan says. “We just started jamming and playing cover songs, and that’s where it started.  Then we started playing Dublin, the Electric Picnic and stuff like that, and Jim Carroll was writing about us in the Irish Times.  We started taking it a bit more seriously.”

Daniel’s powerful voice, which frequently soars into an impressive falsetto, sets Cloud Castle Lake apart – but, initially, he wasn’t a member of the group.

“I started off as the manager when I was school, negotiating gigs in the school cafe and stuff like that!” he says. “One of the band heard me singing along to something on a stereo. We were looking for a singer at the time, and I ended up trying out in the school drum-shed. We kind of developed from there.”

How did he discover he could reach those high notes?

“How I got to sing so high was trying to emulate some of my influences at the time,” he says. “But we also reckon that it was because the room we practised in was so tiny, and when you’re 15 years old, you’re always trying to turn up your instrument the loudest, so instead of getting louder I just went higher.”

Daniel is pushing his voice to the limits of its range, which means he has to look after it well.

“For a very long time I didn’t, but for the last year and a half I’ve been going to a vocal coach,” he says. “I started going because you hear about people getting vocal node surgery and stuff, and I was just worried about the way I was singing. But I’ve ended up getting more out of it [the coaching] than I expected, like counter-tenor techniques, and old operatic ways of singing.”

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Galway to complete vaccine roll-out by end of the summer

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Ninety-five year old Margaret Kenny was first person to be administered the Covid-19 vaccination Practice Nurse Deirdre Furey at the Surgery Athenry.

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.”

Get all the latest Covid-19 coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Galway meteorologist enjoying new-found fame in the sun!

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Linda Hughes, presenting the RTÉ weather forecast live in studio.

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.”

Read the full interview with Linda Hughes in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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Great-great-grandmother home after Covid, a stroke, heart failure and brain surgery

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Mary Quinn...back home after an incredible few months.

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.

Read Mary’s full, heart-warming story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie

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