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Delorentos set for a sort of Galway homecoming

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Delorentos . . . Friday week at the Róisín.

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It might seem strange for a Dublin band, but Delorentos always see their Galway gigs as a sort of homecoming – which is why they are eagerly looking forward to Friday week, November 2, at the Róisín Dubh.

“One of our first gigs outside Dublin was in the Róisín,” says vocalist and guitarist Kieran McGuinness.  “They’re people who care about music – who care passionately about bands and albums,” he says of the venue.

“The Róisín celebrates and promotes Irish albums and Irish acts, and that’s a rare thing. I never ever feel like they’re doing anything for the money.

“If every venue in the country could be like the Róisín, I think you’d have a far better music scene and a far better musical legacy for bands,” he adds.

Delorentos are well placed to make this of observation, as a band often described as stalwarts of the Irish music scene. And it’s easy to understand why – the indie-rock four-piece have been touring together since 2005 and releasing albums since 2007.

They’ve maintained their popularity and success through tenacity and enthusiasm – traits that remain evident in their fifth studio album, released earlier this year.

True Surrender is something of a departure from the overtly poppy choruses and catchy guitar riffs that dominate Delorentos’ earlier work.

Kieran McGuinness explains how much it means to experience the buzz of another album launch 11 years after their first.

“There’s probably more excitement now because we know how fragile it is,” he notes of the business.

“When you’re eighteen or whatever it is, you release an album because that’s just what you’re supposed to do and you feel like you can do anything – but when you get into your 30s you realise that time is precious and your opportunities are precious and, you know, the fact that you can release an album and people want to hear it is an amazing thing.”

True Surrender is certainly the band’s most experimental body of work. Piano and synth feature regularly throughout while the lyrics play with new levels of intimacy and introspection. It’s the record the band wanted to make.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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